By Marc Weinreich
July 03, 2013

The Bruins' Tuukka Rask is on the verge of a big pay day. (Elsa/Getty Images) The Bruins' Tuukka Rask is on the verge of a big pay-day. (Elsa/Getty Images)

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.

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