In response to shuperman's comment:
Financial suicide. 8 yrs. 7 million. Wow. 128 gms. 66-45 record. Wow just wow. You rask supporters better hope hes healthy for 8 yrs bc we are broke.
Enjoy no upgrades.
Look up winning percentages all time and tell me how many goalies have better numbers than Rask? Look at where his career numbers fit all time? Granted, he's played the equivalent of just over two years as a starter, but unlike a lot of guys with limited games played, you can't say Rask "got hot" like Steve Mason, and that his numbers are skewed or inconsistent. Whenever he's been in, he's been consistently a very good to elite level goalie. Take your head out of the oven.
I'm having flashbacks to all of the idiots who said the Bruins should have walked away from Tim Thomas the summer after he won a Vezina rather than give him a four year deal with a Cap hit of $5M. Some guy got out of the penalty box after, what, 36 months in maximum security for closing his hand on the puck? suggested they should have hung on to Craig Anderson instead. So they could "upgrade" elsewhere.
Thomas's deal represented almost 9% of the Cap that year and made him the second highest paid player on teh team behind Chara. If Chara was still making what he made in 2009, Rask would be teh second highest paid player on the team behind Chara. Rask's deal is 10.8% of an artificiallly set cap number for next year that everyone expects to rise dramatically for the following year - that's by Malkin is signing his stupid deal, that's how Anaheim is locking up Perry and Getzlaf. Within a year, this will be less than 9% of the Cap for a goalie who backstopped you to the Cup finals. He could easily have been a Vezina finalist. He's in his prime. You're buying 7 years of UFA bargaining potential.
One more thing for shupe's sake - goodbye upgrades? Where do you want these upgrades? Upgrade Krejci, Lucic, Marchand, Bergeron, Eriksson? Chara and Seidenberg? Because if you're talking about "upgrades" on the performance of those guys, I think you're talking about transforming the team in some very fundamental ways. And if it's not those guys, you're talking about buying better deck chairs rather than fortify the hull before you take an arctic cruise.
Lastly, for the Trade Subban! crowd. He has an 8 year contract. That doesn't mean he's in Boston for 7 years. It means we know what they'll be paying for him as long as he's in Boston.