Bru­ins grant leave to Rask

Winnipeg Sun - - SPORTS - — Post­media wires

BOS­TON — The Bos­ton Bru­ins say goal­tender Tuukka Rask has been granted a leave of ab­sence from the team for a per­sonal mat­ter.

The team didn’t of­fer an ex­pla­na­tion, but gen­eral man­ager Don Sweeney said shortly af­ter the an­nounce­ment on Fri­day it was not health re­lated.

He also asked for pri­vacy on be­half of Rask.

Rask has started only seven of the Bru­ins’ 15 games this sea­son and ac­knowl­edged be­ing out­played re­cently by Jaroslav Halak.

PLEKANEC TO RE­TIRE

MON­TREAL — To­mas Plekanec says he’s re­tir­ing from the NHL af­ter the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens placed the vet­eran cen­tre on un­con­di­tional waivers for the pur­pose of ter­mi­nat­ing his con­tract.

Plekanec said at a Fri­day news con­fer­ence that while he still wants to play hockey, he’s not in­ter­ested in be­ing claimed by an­other NHL team.

“I al­ways wanted to re­tire as a Mon­treal Cana­dien,” Plekanec said. “It’s some­thing that I’m re­ally proud of.”

Plekanec suited up for his 1,000th NHL game on Oct.

15, scor­ing a goal against the Detroit Red Wings. But he has had trou­ble find­ing play­ing time with the Cana­di­ens and has suited up only three times this sea­son, and hasn’t played since Oct. 17.

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