The Boston Bruins‘ top priority this offseason was to re-sign Tuukka Rask to a long-term contract. There have been some rumors that have circulated that an agreement has finally been reached between both sides. The alleged deal is worth $60 million dollars over an eight-year period.
The deal, if true, will put Rask with the elite level of goalie contracts of around $7 million annually. Others who earn this kind of money are Henrik Lundqvist and Cam Ward. It is hard to argue that Rask does not belong in this elite club. His play during the regular season and playoff was a tremdous contributor to the Bruins’ success. During the regular season, he ranked in the top three for save percentage. More importantly, he ranked first in save percentage and fewest goals allowed during the playoffs, among a host of other categories.
It is safe to say that he lived up to the $3.5 million contract he signed last year to prove himself to the Bruins’ organization that he could adequately fill the void that Tim Thomas left. Now that Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverly were traded away, it most likely is easier for the Bruins to reach a deal with Rask.
The next task for the Bruins to complete will be to tie down Patrice Bergeron to a long-term deal. It is expected that he will receive a similar contract extension as Rask, worth close to $60 million over the course of eight years. All that fans should be waiting for now is to hear that the deal is officially done.
Tim N. is a Boston Bruins writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @timnikolou