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Rask’s next contract hinges on playoff performance

Apr 30, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT

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The playoffs are a big time for everyone, but for Boston goalie Tuukka Rask it’s a chance for him to prove how much he’s worth.

Rask is set to become a restricted free agent this summer and with Tim Thomas out of town, the Bruins are his team to lead. As Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com hears from GM Peter Chiarelli, how he performs in the playoffs will determine how much he gets paid.

“You’re judged on your performance. That will apply to Tuukka [Rask]. That will apply to everyone who is up for an extension,” said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli. “Tuukka is no different than the rest of them. He’s a restricted free agent this year, and after the season we’ll look at it and try to get him signed.”

Rask made $3.5 million against the cap this season and you’d have to think he’s due for a raise. After seeing what Detroit’s Jimmy Howard cashed in with from the Red Wings (six years, over $31 million), that would seem like a target number to shoot for. A Boston run to the Stanley Cup finals would do wonders for his wallet.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    As long as he doesn’t then go and focus on the three F’s, pay the man money he earns.

    In all seriousness, the goal tending depth can also be a factor. Chiarelli has said Malcolm Subban is 2-3 years away. Khudobin has proven to be a solid starter. So even if he earns all sorts of money, how long does the contract go?

    • bigbadbruins77 - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:40 PM

      lets not forget about a 4TH stud goalie the bruins have. Niklas Svedberg won the AHL goalie of the year in providence this year. Crazy stacked in net, but I hope they lock up rask for 5 years. He’s a fantastic goalie.

      • jcmeyer10 - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:05 PM

        Exactly. It’s hard not to love Rask because he isn’t Marty Brodeur who can rack up 3 goals in 15 years as a goaltender.

        Scoring is the problem.

  2. rgotoguy - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Wow, Jimmy Howard makes a lot of money to be average.

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:12 PM

      Didn’t watch much hockey last week?

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:19 PM

        Pretty sure Andrew Raycroft had a good week once, too.

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 1, 2013 at 12:52 AM

        Pretty sure Howard had been part of 35 or more wins 3 straight seasons while Raycroft has seen 35 wins once…ever. But hey, what would Holland and the Wings know about anything right? Guy sitting on the couch has spoken.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 1, 2013 at 2:48 AM

        Goalie wins are a lot like pitcher wins in that they are probably the most useless stat for assessing a player’s worth. Howard obviously benefitted from a Lidstrom-led D corps playing in front of him during those three seasons you’re talking about.

        Yes, he had himself a nice season this year, but a lot of people won’t be sold until he can do it again in a full season.

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 1, 2013 at 12:41 PM

        Yawn cool story bro, I guess that’s why I said “part of” aka not giving him total credit for wins. But again, guy on the couch thinks he knows more than Ken Holland and that is funny stuff.

      • rgotoguy - May 1, 2013 at 12:35 PM

        I’m just saying lets stop pretending he is an elite goalie. He is a starting goalie, it’s expected for him to steal a few games each season.

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 1, 2013 at 12:43 PM

        Who pretends he is an elite goalie? Prolly the same # that pretends he’s just an average goalie. And ya it’s expected that a goalie steals a few games, but you keep pretending that he didn’t post 2 shutouts and and the team win every game that they needed to win, when his back was against the wall.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Nowhere in that quote does it say anything about playoff performance. Obviously that will be part of the assessment, but it’s only a factor. This past season will surely count for something.

  4. hockeyflow33 - May 1, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Rask is a case where good numbers hide the real story. Not surprising that non-hockey people like Haggerty doesn’t see this stuff. He’s been at the helm for most of the 3rd period collapses this year and has failed to make the big stop the team needs on numerous occasions.
    I really hope I’m wrong but he’s certainly not elite and still has a long way to go before he should be considered as such.

  5. drewsylvania - May 1, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Big contract for Rask. And Chara gets bought out.

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