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Bruins, goalie Tuukka Rask agree on eight-year, $56 million deal

July 10, 2013 at 6:11 PM

BOSTON, July 10 (UPI) -- Restricted free-agent goalie Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins have agreed on a eight-year, $56 million contract, the team announced Wednesday.

Rask, who backstopped the Bruins into the Stanley Cup finals during the recently completed season, will get $7 million per year, the team said.

The 26-year-old Finn came into his own this past season after taking over as the starting goalie for the departed Tim Thomas. He posted a 2.00 goals-against average and .929 save percentage while compiling a 19-10-5 mark with five shutouts in the regular season.

Rask also turned in a stellar post-season, going 14-8 with an NHL-best .940 save percentage, a 1.88 GAA and three shutouts.

He has gone 66-45-16 with a 2.15 GAA and 16 shutouts over 138 regular-season appearances in six seasons with Boston, including a 21-14 record and 2.14 GAA in 35 playoff contests.

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