With a potential lockout looming, there's plenty of uncertainty surrounding the upcoming NHL season, but for the Bruins, who finished 49-29-4 last season -- good for first place in the Northeast Davison and tied for seventh overall -- whether or not they can stay among the NHL's elite squads and possibly make another Stanley Cup run, hinges largely on the continued development of goalie Tuukka Rask.
The 25-year-old Finn will take over the Bruins' net-minding chores from Tim Thomas, who plans to take the coming season off for personal reasons. This was a shocking development to say the least, given the high level that the former Vezina Trophy winner was playing at. Under the NHL's current collective bargaining arrangement, if Thomas follows through with his plan to sit out the season, and there's no reason to believe he won't at press time, the Bruins are still slated to be responsible for his $5 million cap hit. In any case, the Bruins are prepared to move on with Rask as You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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