Bruins grant leave to Rask
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.