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The Boston Bruins and Tuukka Rask have finally come to an agreement as to how much and for how long he should be paid.
The verdict: a lot. For a long time.
On Wednesday, Rask agreed to terms on an extension that will pay him $56 million over next eight years. It's max term for the restricted free agent, and if there was such a thing as max money, this might be it. At $7 million per season, Rask ties Nashville Predators' goalie Pekka Rinne for the league's highest cap hit among goalies, according to CapGeek.
(One assumes Glen Sather wishes this was the max contract. Henrik Lundqvist going to get more than this.)
It couldn't have worked out better for Rask, who's coming off a one-year deal that paid him $3.5 million in 2012-13. It was something of a show-me contract, as the Bruins set him up for a massive payout this offseason if he could prove he was the franchise goalie he appeared to be.
Prove it he did, as Rask went 19-10-5 with a 2.00 goals against average and a .929 save percentage, leading the league in shutouts and finishing fifth in Vezina voting for his work during a season.
He kicked it up a notch in the postseason, leading the Bruins all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. He would likely have been their Conn Smythe winner had they managed to eke out two more wins over Chicago.
That's the sort of season that'll get you paid, and man alive, did it ever.
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