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Boston Bruins Sign RFA Goaltender Tuukka Rask to One-Year Contract

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 24:  Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins warms up before the game against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on January 24, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Nicholas GossCorrespondent IJune 28, 2012

The Boston Bruins and 25-year-old goaltender Tuukka Rask reached a contract agreement on Thursday that will keep the Finnish star in Boston for at least another year, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

BOS and netminder Rask agreed to terms on one-year, $3.5M deal.

— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 28, 2012

The deal cannot be finalized until the start of free agency on Sunday, July 1.

With Tim Thomas taking a year off from the sport, the Bruins needed to get Rask signed so they could go into next season without any serious question marks between the pipes.

Rask burst onto the NHL scene in 2010 when he took over for an injured Thomas and led the Bruins to within a game of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Here are his NHL stats starting with the 2009-10 season.

Season GP Record (W-L-OTL) Save % GAA SO
2009-10 45 22-12-5 .931 1.97 5
2010-11 29 11-14-2 .918 2.67 2
2011-12 23 11-8-3 .929 2.05 3

Rask's save percentage and GAA over the last three years are pretty solid for a young goaltender who is still developing his talents. He has the potential to be a Vezina Trophy candidate throughout his career, and will certainly be helped by a strong Bruins defense playing in front of him.

With Anton Khudobin backing up Rask, along with this year's first round draft pick Malcolm Subban, Boston has three quality young goaltenders for the future. Not many teams have that.

 

Nicholas Goss is a Boston Bruins Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and has covered the team firsthand since the 2010-11 season. He was also the organization's on-site reporter for the 2011 Stanley Cup Final in Boston.

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