Is it Tuuka Time??
Tuuka Rask recorded his first NHL shutout in only his 5 career game. Rask stopped all 35 shots from a below average offense. He looked very composed with his butterfly style of play. He was square on the majority of shots that came his way but one of his weaknesses was his rebound control. I am all for the dual goaltending tandem, but it makes you wonder, is Manny Fernandez now expendable? Would you trade him if you could get that lefthanded shooting winger? Or if you could get the puck moving defenseman? Tuuka was drafted in the same class as Carey Price and appears to be ready to make it to the next level. Once Fernandez comes back and starts playing well again, the question will be if Chiarelli can say no to trade proposals especially if they fit the need the Bruins want to address. If Rask continues to show he is ready, it may alter Chiarelli's decision to go further with the Thomas-Rask tandem instead of the Thomas-Fernandez tandem. Chiarelli likes getting value for his players and with Manny leaving at the end of the season as a UFA, it makes it even more of a difficult decision.