Bruins welcome back Rask, exploring 'fresh start' for DeBrusk

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask after New York Islanders' Brock Nelson scored during Game 6 of second-round playoff series June 9, 2021. (AP)

Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney hinted Tuesday that star goalie Tuukka Rask might return and later suggested that forward Jake DeBrusk will soon be wearing a different uniform.

Sweeney told media that the Bruins former No. 1 goalie will “likely be a part of our group” after he's fully recovered from his hip injury and in game shape. Jeremy Swayman and Linus Ullmark have been tending the nets for the Bruins (11-7-0) in the absence of the former Vezina Trophy winner.

Rask, 35, was pulled in Game 5 of the Bruins' second-round series against the New York Islanders with what turned out to be a torn hip labrum. He hasn't played since but although his eight-year, $56-million contract with the Bruins expired in the off-season, he's recently begun working out with the team and faced shots from teammates on Monday. He has said previously that he would like to retire as a Bruin.

DeBrusk is reportedly unhappy with his role on the club and has asked for a trade. He was a healthy scratch in the Bruins' game against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday, a 3-2 Boston win.

Through 17 games this season, DeBrusk, 25, has three goals and three assists for six points.

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