Jun 24, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell (29) is pushed into Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) by defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (44) during the second period in game six of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins sign Tuukka Rask to 8-year, $56 million deal

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Despite a disappointing end to the 2013 postseason, the Boston Bruins have locked up starting netminder Tuukka Rask to a big money deal. According to reports, Rask’s new deal is an eight-year contract worth $56 million.

The team announced the move on their official website.

Throughout his first season as a full-time starter, Rask emerged as one of the top goaltenders in the NHL. He also proved during the team’s postseason run that he is one of their most important players and his $7 million per year salary reflects that belief.

At just 26-years-old, Rask has plenty of untapped potential and room to grow.

Since he is already one of the league’s elite goaltenders, it is a promising sign for the Bruins moving forward.

Chad Johnson, who was with the Phoenix Coyotes last season, is expected to be the primary back up for Rask in the 2013-14 season. Johnson was 2-0-2 last season with 1.21 GAA and a .954 save percentage.

Boston is hoping that locking up Rask can set them up for a return to the Stanley Cup Finals this season.

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