Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask is about to be rewarded with a big contract for helping lead his team to the Stanley Cup Finals last season.
According to a tweet Wednesday afternoon from CBCs Elliotte Friedman, Rask and the Bruins are nearing a deal that will pay the 26-year old somewhere in the ballpark of $56 million to remain in Boston for the next eight years.
Last season, the Bruins signed Rask to a one-year deal worth $3.5 million. The only goalie with a salary of at least $7 million per season is Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators, who signed a seven-year deal for $49 million in 2011.
Last season for Boston, Rask went 19-10-5, recording a .929 save percentage that went up to .940 in his 22 playoff apperances, good for No. 1 among all starters, before the Bruins fells to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.MUIR: Top Line: Unofficial start of free agency; Arizona Coyotes stay put; more links