When the 2013 NHL offseason began, we knew that the Boston Bruins were going to shed a few contracts, but the amount of wheeling and dealing that went on in Beantown was more than expected. However, sending a 21-year-old Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars last month can now be justified as the Bruins have given Tuukka Rask an eight-year deal worth $56 million.
Not so fast.
While Rask was crucial between the pipes for the Bruins this offseason, they dropped the ball by bringing back No. 40 at such an expensive rate. At first, this deal looked wonderful considering Rask led the NHL in save percentage (.940) in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but a closer look makes you wonder why the Bruins gave so much money to a still unproven goaltender.
This deal evens out to Rask making $7 million a year, which ties him with Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators as the highest paid goalie in the NHL. In case you didn’t know, the Predators didn’t even make the postseason this past year. You will find that teams who overspend on supposedly top-notch goaltenders are usually at the bottom of the standings when the season comes to a close.
Although they did win the Eastern Conference this season, the Bruins can expect to see a drastic dip in wins this winter. Under an extremely tight salary cap, Boston will have to work around Rask’s contract until the end of the decade, so good luck with that, Bruins fans.