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Tuukka Rask's decision to take a one-year deal last offseason has proven to be the right choice for his financial future.
The 26-year-old goaltender was the Bruins' most consistent and highest performing player all season and in the playoffs. His most impressive feat was allowing just two goals in four games against the top-scoring and ultra-talented Pittsburgh Penguins offense in the Eastern Conference Final.
Even though he's a RFA, Rask will likely become the NHL's second goaltender to earn $7 million per season when his next contract is completed, joining Nashville Predators star Pekka Rinne.
Boston's netminder already has a proven record of success and still hasn't reached the prime of his career. He's going to be a Vezina Trophy-caliber goalie for another decade, and when teams have a young goalie with amazing talent, it's important that he's re-signed long-term as soon as possible.
At the Bruins' break-up day, Rask talked about staying with the Original Six club for a long time. "That would be an ideal situation I think to play here forever," he said. "I hope we can make that happen."
We might not have to wait too much longer before Rask re-signs. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told reporters in a Saturday conference call that the two sides are "very close" to a deal.
Nicholas Goss is an NHL Lead Writer at Bleacher Report. He was also a credentialed writer at the 2011 and 2013 Stanley Cup Final, as well as the 2013 NHL draft. Salary information via CapGeek. All quotes obtained first hand.