Peter Chiarelli, the General Manager of the Boston Bruins, is confident that the team and Tuukka Rask will agree to a contract by Friday. Well he better hope that a deal can be made by Friday, as it marks the beginning of the free-agent period. If a deal is not made by then, other teams have the option to present Rask an offer sheet, which the Bruins would have to match in order to keep arguably the best goalie of the 2013 season.
Regarding the possibility of signing Rask by Friday, Chiarelli said
I would think before, but if it’s after I’m fine with it, too. I know he would enter free agency, but I’m confident regardless, either or.
Anything is possible, but with the way Rask played this past season, the Bruins better hope they can retain him for a long term period. Rask could potentially ask for somewhere between 7 to 8 million a year, with seven to eight years on the contract. There is no other active goalie in the National Hockey League making more than $7 million a season. But Rask is worth that much easily.
Many people, myself included, thought Tuukka Rask was deserving of the Conn Smythe trophy over Patrick Kane based on his huge performance(s) in the NHL Playoffs. Any team who has a goalie with that caliber should do whatever it takes to keep him around, even if it means paying him $1 million over the highest current goalie contract.