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bruins hope to begin contract talks with Tuukka Rask, says GM

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04:02 PM ET 02.08 | The Boston Bruins are planning on beginning discussions about an extension with goaltender Tuukka Rask prior to the end of the 2013 season. Having traded Tim Thomas to the New York Islanders, the team now has the flexibility to allocate assets else where. Namely, to Rask. General manager Peter Chiarelli denied that any thing was imminent, or that Rask's performance this season had any thing specifically to do with the timing of the trade, but did admit that contract talks was something the club was interested in engaging with Rask. Rask is playing out the final year of a one-year contract that pays him a pro-rated $3.5 million this season. He will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

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February 8, 2013  04:06 PM ET

Methinks the man will be substantially wealthier this time next year.

February 8, 2013  04:16 PM ET

final year of a one year contract...anyone else find that a bit redundant

February 8, 2013  04:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

final year of a one year contract...anyone else find that a bit redundant

I think the 'brains' should have signed him before trading TT, now his price just went up.

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February 8, 2013  05:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Methinks the man will be substantially wealthier this time next year.

Agreed. With TT gone, he can ask for the moon and ..... he'll likely get it.

February 8, 2013  05:39 PM ET
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final year of a one year contract...anyone else find that a bit redundant

Ummmm ...... can you use a different word? Whoever wrote the article doesn't understand 'redundant.' ;-)

February 8, 2013  05:47 PM ET
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If Boston reaches the Final Four...5.75 per times 4 seasons.

BU and BC reach it every year at the Beanpot...don't go all college on us BGM.

Are you sure Conference Finals is what it takes to make that?

If that's the case, he may feel the need to be paid more than Carey Price and I think he's making around 6.5 mill per year for the next six years!

February 8, 2013  06:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

If Boston reaches the Final Four...5.75 per times 4 seasons.

Agree, but some 'tenders implode in the playoffs :-)

February 8, 2013  06:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Ummmm ...... can you use a different word? Whoever wrote the article doesn't understand 'redundant.' ;-)

It means you done'd it once and you want to do it again?

February 8, 2013  06:54 PM ET
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I think the 'brains' should have signed him before trading TT, now his price just went up.

Timmy was never playing a game for the Bs again. Both sides knew that. Rask and management both agreed that a 1 year deal was a gamble they both wanted to make. If he plays well in the playoffs, he'll make another 1-1.5 mil next year. If he doesn't... well, look for them to try to get another 1 year deal out of him and wait out Subban.

February 8, 2013  07:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Timmy was never playing a game for the Bs again. Both sides knew that. Rask and management both agreed that a 1 year deal was a gamble they both wanted to make. If he plays well in the playoffs, he'll make another 1-1.5 mil next year. If he doesn't... well, look for them to try to get another 1 year deal out of him and wait out Subban.

I'm thinking those numbers are a bit low, but they might make Subban a back up for his first year in the bigs, although the Yotes and Wings brought up a rookie with good results

February 8, 2013  09:39 PM ET
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Timmy was never playing a game for the Bs again. Both sides knew that. Rask and management both agreed that a 1 year deal was a gamble they both wanted to make. If he plays well in the playoffs, he'll make another 1-1.5 mil next year. If he doesn't... well, look for them to try to get another 1 year deal out of him and wait out Subban.

Agree that TT was a non-factor in this...he was never playing in a B's uni again after screwing the team this year. If Rask continues to play the way he has, he will cash in, and deservedly so. They have been locking up the young talent, and Rask will be no exception.

February 8, 2013  09:48 PM ET
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final year of a one year contract...anyone else find that a bit redundant

obviously no one edits anything before submitting.....btu then again, we already knew that.

February 8, 2013  10:40 PM ET
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obviously no one edits anything before submitting.....btu then again, we already knew that.

"btu"?

By the way, how do you "pro-rate" a one year contract?

February 9, 2013  01:20 AM ET
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"btu"? By the way, how do you "pro-rate" a one year contract?

oooops!
"btu" should be "but".

February 9, 2013  09:13 AM ET
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oooops!"btu" should be "but".

As you were saying in post #15 ...... ;-)

February 9, 2013  12:42 PM ET

Trading TT had more to do with providing the B's some financial flexibility than it did with Rask's performance.

 
February 9, 2013  01:39 PM ET

I see a regrettable long term contract in the near future.....

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