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July 10. 2013 8:19PM

Bruins sign Rask to eight-year pact

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins have signed restricted free-agent goalie Tuukka Rask to an eight-year contract worth $56 million, the team announced Wednesday.

Rask’s salary is worth an annual cap figure of $7 million.

The 26-year-old proved to be a No. 1 goalie this past season, helping the Bruins reach the Stanley Cup finals against the Chicago Blackhawks. Rask posted a 19-10-5 record with a 2.00 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage in 36 games during the regular season. He also recorded five shutouts.

During the Stanley Cup playoffs, he posted a 1.88 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage, including three shutouts.

The B’s netminder finished the season tied for fourth in the NHL in wins (19), tied for first in shutouts (five), third in save percentage (.929) and tied for fourth in goals against (1.96).

In 2011-12, Rask appeared in 23 games, recording an 11-8-3 record with a 2.05 GAA and a save percentage of .929. In 2009-10, Rask set a career high in wins (22) and led the NHL with a 1.97 GAA and .931 save percentage.

, becoming the first Bruins goaltender to have a GAA below 2.00 since 1998-99. His 1.97 GAA that season, was the lowest by any Bruins goaltender since 1938-39 season.

In 138 NHL games, all of which have come with the Bruins, Rask has compiled a 66-45-16 record with 16 shutouts, a .927 save percentage and a 2.15 goals against average. The 26-year-old has appeared in 35 postseason games for the Bruins, amassing a 21-14 record, while posting a 2.15 GAA and a .930 save percentage with three shutouts.

Prior to joining Boston, Rask spent the majority of two seasons with the Providence Bruins (AHL) from 2007–2009, amassing a record of 60-33-6 with a 2.42 GAA and .910 save percentage. In his rookie season with Providence in 2007-08, Rask finished the season tied for fifth in wins (27) and the following year was tied for second (33).

The 6’3’’, 185-pound native of Tampere, Finland was drafted in the first round (21st overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Bruins acquired Rask from the Maple Leafs in exchange for Andrew Raycroft on June, 24 2006.


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