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Tuukka Rask explains why he decided to end comeback and retire!

The former B's goaltender officially called it a career.

Michael Whitaker

It's officially the end of an era. 

Boston Bruins Tuukka Rask tried to return this season and even appeared in a handful of games, but it didn't work out the way he wanted, and officially decided to hang up the goalie pads after 15 years with the team that acquired him in a lopsided deal from the Toronto Maple Leafs for Andrew Raycroft. 

The former Bruins goaltender spent the summer rehabilitating from hip surgery, and it didn't hold up the way he wanted during his short-lived comeback. Rask departs the game  with a career record of 306-163-66 in 560 career appearances and is the winningest goaltender in franchise history. 

Prior to tonight's game against the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden, the now-former B's goaltender explained what led to his decision to officially call it a career. 

"It was time to be honest with yourself," the 35-year old Rask said. "I could have kept pushing, but what's the benefit of me playing at 60 percent...I figured it was more beneficial for everybody to call it. I had a great career. I had no regrets.”

So now that his playing days are over, what are his plans now? Fans may get a kick out of his answer. 

“I’ll be hanging out with sponsors, golfing and shaking hands in suites,” he explained. “I was intrigued about the business side of things anyways. I don’t know what the future holds. Maybe I’ll get into coaching. Maybe not. But for now, I’ll be hanging out with sponsors.”

Of course, the job in Boston's crease now belongs to the duo of Jeremy Swayman and Linus Ullmark, who have formed a great friendship and chemistry during their short time playing together. And for Rask, he'll be happy to pass along knowledge that he gained over the course of his career. 

"I try to help any way I can," Rask said of Swayman. "Helping guide him mentally - I know what it's like to play here as a young goalie."

Rask also stated that his family will be staying in the greatest Boston area for the immediate time being.