On the ice, the Bruins still boast one of the top goalie tandems in the NHL with both Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak manning the net in 2021.
Off the ice, however, both veteran goalies are rarely in the same room. But there's no locker-room strife or any other tensions at play here.
Rather, with the risk of COVID-19 continuing to plague the NHL — along with the NBA and well, society in general — the Bruins have adopted a proactive measure in order to avoid losing both goalies at the same time due to a potential outbreak. It's rather simple, keep both guys away from one another.
"We're trying to separate those two as much as possible," Bruce Cassidy said of how Boston is trying to avoid losing both goalies at the same time. "In case there's an outbreak, they're not together and they both don't have to be going into the tracing program ... So that's the part that sucks about this for the players in terms of separating guys. ... But as you know, there's bigger stuff going on with the virus and we have to make sure we do what we have to do to be as risk averse to catching it as possible. So that's part of the thing that's going to be a little bit tough for them, but they'll still have their opportunity to certainly get together, but it will be less so than before."
In particular, Cassidy referenced the COVID-related crisis that impacted the Denver Broncos back in November — in which undrafted wideout Kendall Hinton needed to step in as quarterback for a game after the team's entire QB room needed to enter quarantine for a week when Jeff Driskel tested positive for the virus.
"I'll use the Denver Broncos quarterback room, for example," Cassidy said. "So sometimes, we have to look at that and say, 'Hey, how do we keep these guys apart."