Everyone already knew that Tuukka Rask was the Boston Bruins goalie of the future, and that Tim Thomas’s lingering contract was the only thing keeping it from being official.
The Boston Bruins sent Tim Thomas to the New York Islanders earlier this week for a conditional 2nd round pick. A pick they will likely never see, unless Thomas somehow gets into one game.
Rask signed a one year contract over the summer to prove his worth to the Bruins. He’s off to a hot start (as of this morning, 6-1-1, 1.97 GAA and .922 SV%), and GM Peter Chiarelli indicated a couple days ago that they’ll be looking to sign Rask to a multi-year deal.
“Nothing is imminent and I can leave it at that,” said Chiarelli. “[The Thomas trade] has kind of been in the works for a while and it just coincidental that Tuukka had a terrific game last night.
“Breaching my own policy [of not discussing contracts], we will bring up talks with Tuukka at some point in this season, in hoping to extend him. I know the perception looks like one follows the other and I was waiting to pull the trigger based on a great game by Tuukka. We’ve been pretty open with Tuukka and Tim as far as when we would see them ending up, I call it a succession plan.
We haven’t strayed from that. That game [against the Habs] for Tuukka was a divisional game, an improving team that we’re going to see a lot and he held the fort in the first period. That gave me a good feeling, but we always had this succession plan [to install Rask] and we were going to carry through with it.”
Rask will likely be looking for a bit of a raise from his $3.5 million salary in a new multi-year deal.