by Fitzgerald Cecilio
The Boston Bruins have given Tuukka Rask one of the richest goalie deals in the NHL with $56 million for eight years.
Worth an annual cap figure of $7 million, Rask's salary is now tied for the highest with Nashville Predator Pekka Rinne's.
Before the signing, Rask was a restricted free agent after completing a one-year contract with the Bruins.
No goaltender age 25 or younger who played in at least 135 games since 1967 has had a better goals-against average than Rask.
The 26-year-old goalie helped the Bruins reach the Stanley Cup finals this past season, coming up short to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games. But Rask was arguably the MVP of the postseason with a 1.88 GAA and a .940 save percentage, including three shutouts.
He posted a 19-10-5 record a 2.00 goals-against average, a .929 save percentage and five shutouts in 36 games during the regular season.
Rask's 19 wins were tied for fourth in the NHL and his five shutouts were tied for first.
He made his NHL debut for the Bruins in 2007-08 and posted a 2-1-1 record in four games.
In 138 career NHL games, Rask has posted a 66-45-16 record with 16 shutouts, a 2.15 GAA and a .927 save percentage. In 35 career postseason games, he's 21-14 with a 2.15 GAA and a .930 save percentage, including three shutouts.
Jarome Iginla signs one-year deal with Bruins
Forward Jarome Iginla has finally joined the Boston Bruins, getting a one-year deal worth $6 million Friday.
Iginla spurned the Bruins over three months ago to join the Pittsburgh Penguins from the Calgary Flames, thinking he'd have a better chance there to win the Stanley Cup.
The Penguins were eventually swept in four games by the Bruins in the Eastern Conference finals.
Iginla's will get a pay consisting of a base of $1.8 million and another $4.2 million in incentives.
A games-played bonus of$3.7 million and a goal-scoring/team playoff performance bonus of $500,000 make up the incentives.
He is projected to take Nathan Horton's place at the right wing on the Bruins' top line, alongside David Krejci and Milan Lucic. Horton signed a seven-year deal with Columbus Friday.
Iginla is one of three active NHL players with more than 500 career goals. He ranks third with 530, trailing Jaromir Jagr (681) and Teemu Selanne (675). In 2013, Iginla had 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists) in 44 games for Calgary and Pittsburgh.
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