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Boston Bruins Show Tuukka Rask His Importance With Eight Year, $56 Million Deal

Greg M. Cooper-USA Today Sports

When the Boston Bruins claimed the Stanley Cup title back in 2011, Tuukka Rask was their backup goaltender. It was Tim Thomas who stole the show, but the organization made the change shortly thereafter and it quickly became apparent that Rask was their men in front of the net for the immediate future.

Well, it only took Rask two seasons to get the Bruins back in the Stanley Cup. Boston lost in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks just last month, but Rask was spectacular in helping guide the team on the run that they made. During the regular season, a shortened season due to the NHL’s lockout early on, Rask finished the year with a 19-10-5 record, a 2.00 GAA and a save percentage of .929.

Rask had a terrific year this past season and it was obvious that the team was warranting a contract extension for him this off-season. His play was even better during the Bruins’ playoff run, so it comes as no surprise to fans that Rask was rewarded with an eight year deal that will total $56 million. Rask is the future at his position in Boston and it’s not surprising one bit that the Bruins wanted to show that with this new deal.

Boston will likely turn its focus to re-signing recent playoff hero Patrice Bergeron next, as the Bruins hope to gear up for another run at the Stanley Cup during the 2013-14 season.

 

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