Saturday, February 9, 2013
Rask contract talks
By Victoria Matiash
Look for the Boston Bruins to lock up goaltender Tuukka Rask with a contract extension before the season is over. That's GM Peter Chiarelli's plan, in any case.
"Breaching my own policy [of not discussing contracts], we will bring up talks with Tuukka at some point in this season, in hoping to extend him ..." Chiarelli said this week, according to CSNNE.com
And that was the plan even before Tim Thomas (or his cap hit, rather) was traded to the New York Islanders. Realistically, the sabbatical-taking veteran was never going to play another game for the Bruins, regardless.
Joe Haggerty believes a five- or six-year deal of up to $30 million could be on the horizon for Rask.
"... The guess is that Rask's final contract extension will reside somewhere in a range between the recent deals procured for Ondrej Pavelec (5 years and $19.5 million) and Carey Price (6 years and $39.5 million) with his ultimate performance over the course of this season filling out the numbers. It’s a wide range to be sure, but Rask is expected to come up in the middle ($5 million per season) of those deals if he can maintain his high level of play as a No. 1 goaltender for Boston this season ..."