Rask And Bruins Agree On Eight-Year Extension

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Reuters
Netminder Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins have agreed on an eight-year, $56 million contract extension, the National Hockey League team said on Wednesday.

Bruins' Jagr and Seidenberg keep the puck away from Penguins' Dupuis and Bruins goalie Rask during the third period in Game 4 of their NHL   Eastern Conference finals hockey playoff series in Boston

Netminder Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins have agreed on an eight-year, $56 million contract extension, the National Hockey League team said on Wednesday.

The eight-year deal is the longest allowed under the new collective bargaining agreement for re-signing a player.

Taken in the first round of the 2005 draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs and traded to Boston in 2006, Rask's value became clear during the Bruins' run to the Stanley Cup Final where he performed spectacularly, posting a post-season best save percentage (.940), tied for first in shutouts (three) and fourth in goals against average (GAA) with 1.88.

The 26-year-old native of Finland also established a club record for home playoff shutout streak at 193 minutes, 16 seconds spanning from Game Four of the Eastern Conference final to Game Three of the Cup Final.

In 138 NHL games, all with the Bruins, Rask has compiled a 66-45-16 record with 16 shutouts, and a 2.15 goals against average. He has done some of his best work in the post-season with a 21-14 record and 2.15 GAA.