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Tuukka Rask wants to remain with Bruins, Peter Chiarelli ‘not inclined’ to trade Tim Thomas 04.27.12 at 3:50 pm ET
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Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask said Friday that he hopes to sign a long term deal with the team this offseason. A restricted free agent, Rask could refuse to sign with the team and force his way out of town, but the 25-year-old netminder said his plan is to stay.

“I think you guys know the answer to that question,” he said. “I’ve always said that I like it here and I want to come back, so that’s about it.”

Furthermore, Rask said that he wouldn’t require the Bruins to give him the starting job in order for him to return. Asked whether he’d still sign if the team planned on keeping Tim Thomas as the starter, Rask said he would.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, meanwhile, said that he is “not inclined” to trade either one of his goalies this offseason. Rask and the Bruins have yet to begin negotiating.

“I think there’s a clear plan,” Rask said. “I think everybody’s been talking about it for a long time. It’s not about the money, it’s more about what’s good for everybody. I’ve always said I like it here, and I think we have a great group of guys and the organization is great, so I don’t see why anyone wouldn’t want to be here. In my case, I love it here and we’ve just got to make things work.”

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Tuukka Rask will remain out for Game 4 04.19.12 at 1:04 pm ET
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WASHINGTON — Everyone was on the ice for the Bruins in Thursday’s morning skate, and the lineup appears unchanged heading into Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Capitals.

Tuukka Rask appears to be getting closer for the Bruins as he continues to see an increased workload in practice, but coach Claude Julien said after the morning skate that the Finnish goaltender is not yet ready to return from his abdomen/groin injury.

The lines are as follows:

Milan Lucic ‘€“ Patrice Bergeron ‘€“ Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand ‘€“ David Krejci ‘€“ Tyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot ‘€“ Chris Kelly ‘€“ Brian Rolston
Daniel Paille ‘€“ Gregory Campbell ‘€“ Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara ‘€“ Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference ‘€“ Johnny Boychuk
Greg Zanon ‘€“ Joe Corvo

Tim Thomas
Anton Khudobin

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Tuukka Rask doesn’t swear, but he explains why the Tim Thomas White House snub won’t be an issue 04.16.12 at 2:16 pm ET
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WASHINGTON — Everyone in the world wants to forget about the Tim Thomas/White House fiasco, and maybe they finally can after Monday night.

Game 3 will be Thomas’ second game at Verizon Center since the reigning Conn Smythe winner skipped the team’s White House visit in January. Fans in D.C. are being encouraged to wear Barack Obama masks as a way of taunting Thomas.

The Bruins are sick of answering questions about Thomas and the White House. Thomas has promised the media that he will end his sessions with reporters if the White House or his politics are mentioned. Both times it has happened since, Thomas has made good on his word and walked out.

Yet Tuukka Rask was happy to explain why he doesn’t think Thomas will be impacted by a Verizon Center full of fans who are angry with the two-time Vezina winner.

“I think everybody’s angry at him because he’s so good,” Rask said. “You guys know him almost as well as I do. He doesn’t give a’€¦ shoot about that stuff. It doesn’t bother him at all.”

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Morning skate notes: Same lineup, Tuukka Rask still out at 12:38 pm ET
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WASHINGTON — The Bruins used the same lines Monday morning at their morning skate Verizon Center, meaning it looks like there will be no changes to the lineup.

Jordan Caron, Tuukka Rask and Mike Mottau all stayed out for extra work after their teammates left the ice. Rask had a much heavier workload than in skates past, and while he said he will be ready to return at some point during this series, coach Claude Julien ruled Rask out for Game 3.

Here is the lineup:

Milan Lucic ‘€“ David Krejci ‘€“ Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand ‘€“ Patrice Bergeron ‘€“ Tyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot ‘€“ Chris Kelly ‘€“ Brian Rolston
Daniel Paille/Jordan Caron ‘€“ Gregory Campbell ‘€“ Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara ‘€“ Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference ‘€“ Johnny Boychuk
Greg Zanon ‘€“ Joe Corvo

Tim Thomas
Anton Khudobin

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Tuukka Rask will make the trip to Washington, but Adam McQuaid won’t 04.15.12 at 6:59 pm ET
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The Bruins’ regulars stayed off the ice Sunday, as the team elected to rest up after playing overtime games Thursday and Saturday before Monday’s Game 3 against the Capitals.

At Sunday’s media availability, coach Claude Julien said that Tuukka Rask, who has missed the first two games of the series with an abdomen/groin injury, will make the trip to the nation’s capital. Adam McQuaid (upper-body) will not.

“He’€™s not going to make the trip,” Julien said. “He’€™s going to stay here and continue to get treatment because ight now he’€™s not ready to go on the ice, so he’€™s going to continue treatment. When he’€™s ready to start working out with the team then we’€™ll bring him with us.”

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Proactive Claude Julien says ‘nothing’s changed’ with Adam McQuaid 04.10.12 at 1:05 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Adam McQuaid was once again absent from Bruins practice on Tuesday as he continues to deal with what the team is calling an upper-body injury.

Things got testy between coach Claude Julien and the media Monday regarding the defenseman’s status and what the identity of the injury, and on Tuesday Julien addressed injuries prior to taking questions.

“Guys, before we get going,” Julien said, “Injury update: It’s the same as yesterday. Nothing’s changed, and that’s where we are.”

McQuaid was initially hurt when he went into the end boards head-first in the Bruins’€™ March 29 game against the Capitals on a hit from Capitals winger Jason Chimera. The defenseman cut his eye on the play, which led to swelling. He tried to return last Thursday against the Senators while wearing a visor, but left the game in the second period. The team considers him to be day-to-day.

Johnny Boychuk (knee) and Tuukka Rask (abdomen/groin) both practiced Tuesday for the second consecutive day.

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After facing shots, Tuukka Rask one step closer to being ready for Bruins 04.09.12 at 1:19 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins saw a familiar face on the ice Monday, as Tuukka Rask joined his teammates in their first practice in anticipation of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Rask has been out since suffering an abdomen strain/groin strain on March 3, and after being expected to miss 4-6 weeks, he seems to be on pace to be available should he be needed at some point in the postseason. After starting to skate last week, he faced shots for the first time on Monday.

“Good,” Rask said when asked how he felt after the practice. “It was good to get back on the ice with the guys and stop some shots, so it was all good.”

Rask didn’t look slowed by his injury Monday, as he moved around well and went into the butterfly position with ease.

The goalie wouldn’t say whether he thinks he’ll be on the bench for Game 1 against the Capitals Thursday, while Claude Julien said Rask remains day-to-day. The Finnish net minder was pleased with what he was able to get out of Monday’s skate, and said that he made every type of save he would need to make to feel ready without overdoing it.

“You don’t want to just go out there and hurt it again in the first practice,” he said. “I pretty much did everything I wanted to, so it was a good day.”

This injury was the first time in his Bruins career that Rask has been out for an extended period of time. While recovering, Rask said he spoke to teammates Andrew Ference and Greg Zanon, both of whom have had similar injuries in the past.

“It’s not easy,” he said. “It’s been a tough five weeks and a couple more days, just to stay out and not be able to go out with the guys and go on the road and stuff. It’s tough to not push it too much and just stay patient.”

Rask wouldn’t go into specifics regarding what his plan is in the coming days. He didn’t say whether he needs to ramp it up more, as he said is plan is to “just try to stop every puck.”

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