After finally being handed over the fulltime starting goaltender job this past season, Tuukka Rask was finally rewarded by the Boston Bruins after a stellar campaign and almost leading the team to another Stanley Cup title.
The Bruins awarded Rask with an eight-year $ 56 million dollar contract that would pay him an average of seven million per season. Having battled injuries the year before and always competing for the number one goaltending spot with Tim Thomas in the past, Rask put together his second best regular season performance and best playoff performance yet to date.
In 36 regular season games, he complied at 19-10-5 record and was sixth in the NHL with 2.00 Goals Against Average. Rask also led all NHL goalies with a .940 save percentage during the playoffs.
This extension is the start of the Bruins building around Rask for the years to come along with forward Patrice Bergeron, whose eight year contract will also be finalized soon as well. It will be interesting to see the team will end up using 2012 first round pick Malcolm Subban in the future with Rask signed to that long-term deal.