Linus Ullmark Not Focused On Potential Tuukka Rask Return To Bruins

'That's nothing I can focus on right now'


Sep 23, 2021

Linus Ullmark is a stay-in-the-present kind of guy and isn’t thinking about what the future might hold.

The Bruins goalie is one of Boston’s newcomers this season and will split time playing between the pipes with Jeremy Swayman. It’s unclear who will get the start Oct. 16 against the Dallas Stars, but Ullmark is a six-year NHL veteran, while Swayman, though impressive last season, is entering his first full year in the league.

Of course, there’s still the possibility that Tuukka Rask returns to the Bruins. The veteran netminder underwent offseason hip surgery to repair a torn labrum and is expected to be out until at least January. Rask is an unrestricted free agent but only wants to play for Boston should his NHL career continue. The door also is open for a return.

Ullmark is signed to a four-year deal. So, it did raise questions as to whether the Bruins were ready to move on from Rask with the emergence of Swayman and Ullmark, impressively, having a winning record after six seasons with the lowly Buffalo Sabres.

That said, Ullmark isn’t thinking about things he can’t control.

“I stay in the present, stay in the moment,” Ullmark told reporters Thursday. “That’s something for the future. That’s nothing I can focus on right now.”

It seems Ullmark is just living in the here and now and is focused on how he can help the Bruins win en route to a Stanley Cup championship.

Thumbnail photo via Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports Images
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