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Report: Rask, Bruins hope to agree to long-term deal before July 1

Tuukka Rask

Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, of Finland, makes a block on a shot by New Jersey Devils center David Clarkson in the second period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, April 10, 2011, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)


Tim Thomas might have made his last start and it looks like the Boston Bruins are getting ready for the Tuukka Rask era. According to the Boston Globe, the Bruins and Rask are interested in getting a long-term deal inked before July 1.

If the two sides aren’t able to meet that deadline, then Rask will become a restricted free agent. On July 5, he’ll be able to file for salary arbitration and the Boston Bruins will have the same option available to them the following day.

Ultimately, it’s hard to envision a scenario where Rask doesn’t end up signing with Boston. The question at this point is if the two sides will be able to agree to a long-term extension or if they’ll have to settle for a one or two-year deal.

Rask’s old contract came with a $1.25 million cap hit and the Boston Globe expects him to cost at least $2.5 million annually in his new deal. Personally, I think it could end up being significantly higher than that if he agrees to a contract in excess of four years.