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Tuukka Rask Signs 1-Yr, $1 Million Deal with Boston Bruins

PuckPedia is reporting that goaltender Tuukka Rask is back with the Boston Bruins after having signed a 1-year, $1M contract.

In news that almost everyone in the NHL understood was inevitable, PuckPedia is reporting that goaltender Tuukka Rask is back with the Boston Bruins. They tweeted on Tuesday that the veteran netminder has signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the NHL franchise. They add, “Due to signing during the year, he’ll actually earn $545K.”

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There was talk this week that Rask — who was practicing with the Providence Bruins — might not actually play games with the AHL club and would be making his way back to the NHL. All that needed to happen was that he sign with the Boston Bruins first. With that now out of the way, the path is clear for a return and fans will be eagerly watching to see where he slots in.

It could take some time for Rask to get comfortable again considering he’s coming off an injury and hasn’t played in months. At the same time, the Bruins aren’t worried and expect him to be a factor. What happens in Boston with fellow goaltenders Linus Ullmark and Jeremy Swayman will be an interesting story to watch unfold.

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The Bruins have hinted that they’re fine with keeping all three netminders — theoretically making Ullmark the backup and putting Swayman on the taxi squad — but if Rask plays well, there could be chatter about a pending trade that would allow the Bruins to pick up another asset that could be more useful than a third goalie during their playoff run.

With the signing, the Bruins are now over the salary cap ceiling by close to $500K. Another move to send a contract off the roster (taxi squad or AHL) is likely coming.

Never About the Money For Rask

To get Rask back at $1 million (half that when you consider the season is close to half-complete), it was a deal too good to pass up for the Bruins. Rask is a proven netminder who posted a .913 SV% in 24 GP last season. He’ll be a difference-maker for the Bruins on their run and he never wanted to go anywhere else.

There would have been takers for Rask if the Bruins had said no. Rask just wasn’t interested in going anywhere else. He’s spent his entire NHL career in the Bruins’ organization.

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