Tuukka Rask agrees to long-term deal with Boston

The Boston Bruins are coming off a run to the Stanley Cup Final, a run that was aided by the strong play of goaltender Tuukka Rask.

Now, Rask is being rewarded. And in a big way.

The Bruins and their star netminder agreed to an eight-year deal worth $56 million, paying the 26 year-old $7 million annually. With the new contract, Rask becomes one of the highest-paid goalies in the league, along with the Kings Jonathan Quick and fellow-Finnish netminder Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators, both of whom will also make $7 million this upcoming season according to Cap Geek.

Rask went 19-10-5 with a 2.00 goals against during the regular season, his first as the clear-cut starter, and performed even better during Boston’s postseason run. In 22 playoff games, he went 14-8 with a 1.88 GAA, while leading the league with a .940% save percentage and three shutouts.

During Boston’s four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final, Rask allowed only two goals on 136 shots, shutting out the team many had picked as Cup favorites twice.

The Bruins acquired Rask in 2006 from the Toronto Maple Leafs in a deal for goaltender Andrew Raycroft – a deal that looks much worse today, as Raycroft faded with Toronto. The Maple Leafs had originally selected Rask 21st overall in 2005.

In 138 regular season appearances, Rask has posted a 66-45-16 record with 16 career shutouts and a 2.15 GAA, while going 21-14 in his playoff career, with a 2.14 GAA.

The contract may seem high for a goaltender – it’s the third highest-paying for a goalie behind Roberto Luongo’s $64 million and Quick’s $58 million – but if Rask is able to lead the Bruins back to the Stanley Cup, it will be money well spent for Boston.

The Bruins will hold a press conference for Rask, along with GM Peter Chiarelli, on Thursday to officially announce the new deal.

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