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Report: Bruins close to deals with Rask, Bergeron

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The Boston Bruins are nearing agreements on long-term contract extensions with center Patrice Bergeron and goaltender Tuukka Rask, according to reports.

Rask's deal is expected to be in the neighborhood of $56 million for eight years, CBC reported Wednesday. Bergeron's contract could be slightly less at $52 million to $54 million for eight years, according to ESPN.

The 27-year-old Rask is a nine-year NHL veteran who could become a restricted free agency this summer. Bergeron, meanwhile, still has one year left on his current deal.

This past season, Rask had a one-year, $3.5 million deal. The new contract would double his annual salary, elevating him to a level with Nashville's Pekka Rinne as the only goalies in the league with a cap hit that high.

Rask posted a 19-10-5 record with a .929 save percentage during the 2013 regular season. His save percentage went up to .940 in 22 playoff games for the Stanley Cup runner-up.

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