The Boston Bruins have put their faith in Tuukka Rask for 8-years who had a fantastic season on a one year contract at $56m.
Firstly I am a big fan of Tuukka.
Even so I do not believe goaltenders should be signed for such long periods due to their known inconsistency. I am sure some people will disagree but you only have to look around the league to see why it’s never a good idea.
Still on a positive note if I was going to offer such a long contract to a goaltender Tuukka would be first on the list. Boston’s ever solid defense means that he does not have to carry the team with the likes of Chara defending the crease. The system that Boston plays also helps goaltenders if you compare them to what has happened at Vancouver or Philadelphia.
Only time will tell if this is a good move or not, but Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has made some smart moves so far this off season and Tuukka has proven himself in this season’s playoffs.
This deal will probably see Tuukka see out the prime of his career in Boston, which much like Claude in Philly I am sure most fans will be happy about.
More to come from our Bruins writer ukbruins…