After being handed the starting Goaltending job, many didn’t expect Tuukka Rask to do much during the 2013 campaign. They couldn’t have been more wrong, as the Bruins repaid Rask with a big, shinny new contract. An 8 year deal, worth $56 million, averaging an annual value of $7 million.
Tuukka Rask’s regular season, and post season play earned him his money. As Rask posted a season record of 19-10-5, a GAA of 2.00, a save % of .929, along with 5 shutouts in between the pipes. If that wasn’t good enough, then his playoff leading save percentage (.940), GAA of 1.88, and a tied playoff leading 3 shutouts should be. There’s no doubt that the Bruins no.1 deserves a big money contract, and Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has gifted him with just that.
In a total of 138 NHL games with Boston, Rask has a record of 66-45-16, 16 shutouts, a .927 save %, and a Goals Against Average of 2.15. His career playoff stats aren’t too bad either, with 21 wins, 2.15 GAA, .930 save % and 3 total post season shut outs. All the stats are there, proving that is wasn’t just this year, Rask has always been solid, he has only recently been given the full chance to portray it.
Tuukka Rask will now have even more confidence in himself, knowing that the Boston Bruins organization have put their trust in him to be the clubs no.1 for a very long time. A Goaltender with this much confidence can be a huge asset to a team, and Rask will definitely have that impact.
Get ready to hopefully hear more ‘TUUUUK’ chants at the Garden for another 8 years.