At present, the latter is looking like the plan.
This tracks with everything that Rask and the organization have said. Rask never indicated that hammering out the contract would be an issue, something he reiterated last week.
Rask was scheduled to play last Friday with Providence against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. That game was postponed due to COVID-19 issues with Lehigh Valley, which Providence also was supposed to play Sunday.
The P-Bruins’ next game is not until Friday against the Hartford Wolf Pack. While it’s possible the Boston Bruins still try to get Rask into an AHL game somehow, things clearly are trending in the direction of him heading to the NHL sooner than later.