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Chiarelli on Rask’s one-year extension: “We tried to go longer in term”

Jul 29, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

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More than a few eyebrows were raised across the NHL when the Boston Bruins agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract extension with RFA goalie Tuukka Rask in late June.

With Tim Thomas on sabbatical and Anton Khudobin as the only other NHL-tested goalie in the organization, many figured Boston would try to get a long-term deal done with the 25-year-old Rask.

Turns out that’s exactly what Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli wanted to do.

From Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe:

“A compromise,’’ Chiarelli characterized the one-year pact for Rask, who is projected as this season’s No. 1. “We tried to go longer in term, but . . . ’’

But Rask, represented by Chicago-based Bill Zito, clearly wanted a better payoff than, say, the three-year, $12 million that Cory Schneider inked in Vancouver. The guess here was that Rask would come in around a $4.3 million average over three years, with payouts of $3.3 million, $4.3 million, and $5.3 million. Now, with $3.5 million his base, both sides must wait until Jan. 1, 2013, if they want to add any term to the deal.

Rask, no doubt, will take out a substantial insurance policy prior to training camp. Only 25, he’ll want to protect against the loss of years of future earnings if he were to be injured on a deal that pays him from October into April.

Rask and the Bruins were in a bit of a conundrum, timing-wise. Nobody’s denying Rask’s talent or ability, but he’s yet to appear in more than 45 games in a single season and had injury issues. There’s no telling how he’ll handle the rigors of a 60-65 game workload.

That said, he didn’t want to get locked into a longer-term deal at this stage of the game. There’s a possibility of a big payday for Rask if he thrives as Boston’s No. 1 in 2012-13, considering there are currently 15 goalies in the NHL earning at least $4 million annually.

  1. freneticgarfieldfan - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    certainly the safer way for either side (than the Luongo way)

  2. earlcpeacock - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    soup can sid would be the best goalie in the league if he wanted to. CHEESE STEAKS SUCK

    • zaksyuk - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:03 PM

      soupcan gay count : 5

  3. broadstbully33 - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    donate your cans to avoid another bankruptcy claim in pitt

  4. earlcpeacock - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    follow the thickest army on twitter @SoupCanArmy. CHEESE STEAKS GIVE YOU HIV+

  5. rushledger - Jul 29, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Your a disgrace to penguins fans kid

  6. earlcpeacock - Jul 29, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    your a disgrace to the human race you waste of space. follow @SoupCanArmy if you are girthy enough. SUCK MY BLOATED JOCK

  7. rushledger - Jul 29, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    That’s cute that you would say all that an then still try to get me to follow you. Definition of a tool bag.

  8. pithockey - Jul 29, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Thank you rushledger this kid makes the whole penguins fan base look bad… I’m a pens fan and trust me there are some people who are just like him in Pittsburgh but not a lot…. Please don’t judge Pittsburgh based on the idiot

  9. earlcpeacock - Jul 29, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    pithockey is really a philthy fan so dont listen to her. everyone in the city of champions has the soup can army passion for the franchise and we should be shown more respect from you peasants. STAY STUMPY

  10. pithockey - Jul 29, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Wow man let me explain something to you…. EVERYBODY on here HATES you!! Pens fan or not EVERYBODY hates you! Easy as that! I’m a REAL pens fan that doesn’t talk about crosby’s jock and call him a soup can! You disgrace the city of Pittsburgh…. Get a life and quit making more accounts

    • homelanddefense - Jul 30, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      he is trolling, he wants you to hate him.

  11. pithockey - Jul 29, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    And why would you say nuke Detroit?? Maybe you can have one of your Imaginary friends that control your other accounts drive you to a mental hospital

  12. earlcpeacock - Jul 29, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    you are irrelevant pithockey, nobody takes you serious cus you are a philthi fan. go blow on giriouxs tooth pick sized ginger jock and dont associate yourself with the franchise. ZIP YOUR HOLE HOE

  13. pithockey - Jul 29, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    My name is pithockey? I’m a pens fan? That’s why I said you’re a disgrace to Pittsburgh? Wow we really need to get you to that mental hospital

  14. rushledger - Jul 29, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Its entirely possible he is a fan of another fan base and is just trying to sand bag pens fans it’s a little far fetched but given how wacked out this kid is you never know. To actually think someone is that stupid.

  15. govtminion - Jul 29, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Fantastic, so now we get this kid spamming every article on the site with accounts.

    You’d think at some point NBC would be a little embarrassed to have one of their sites overrun by a troll so easily fixed with a quick IP ban, but for whatever reason it appears the folks here are pretty content to let him continue ruining the place for everyone else.

    Pity, too- this was a good site prior to all of this. I wonder how many other people have all but stopped coming here? I know I certainly have.

    • homelanddefense - Jul 30, 2012 at 12:33 PM

      its because everytime you come back to this story to comment the site gets another hit. They love trolls like this guy because he generates site traffic. Why else would they let guys like bozosforall continue to attack people with impunity.

  16. drewsylvania - Jul 29, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Just fine with the short-term deal. If he puts in a great season, the Bruins will pay him then.

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