Re: Rask Signed
posted at 7/11/2013 8:57 AM EDT
I was extremely impressed with Tuukka Rask in the playoffs. I thought he was near flawless. His rebound control was ridiculous. I thought Tim Thomas was good, but always felt that certain goalies, like Lundqvist, were a little better. This year Rask was superior to Lundqvist, and then in the Eastern final, in a series featuring some of the supposedly best and most valuable players in the game, to me he was the single biggest difference-maker. I also thought he was excellent in the final, a final that the Bruins easily could have won. It's hard to argue when the games most valuable players make 9-10 million a year that Rask isn't worth 7. I can't think of a single goalie I would rather have, and he's young and just entering his prime. For me only Quick is in the same ball park at this moment in time.
The only arguments I see against this contract are that the Bruins system makes goalies look good, and I think that's partly the truth. Between Julien's coaching, Bergeron's two-way game, dominance on faceoffs and having a 7 foot monster on defence, goalies have a dream scenario in Boston. A lesser goalie could still do very well for the Bruins. You could also say that with Quick at 5.8, 7 is too much.
But for me I've been through too many years as a Bruins fan where I felt opposing teams had the edge in goal, and I didn't like it. I think knowing you're the best in nets has a very positive mental impact on players, and a very intimidating affect on the opposition. I think even Sidney Crosby made some very disheartened comment about not being able to beat Rask this year.
The contract isn't much of a bargain, but if there is a spot to splurge, it's on a goalie. If you are going to spend a lot, it should be on one of the best in world. And if you are going to do a long term deal, it should be on a 26 year old healthy player entering their prime and who really wants to play on your team. And if second-line right wings are worth 6 million as UFA's, surely elite goalies are worth 7.