Bruins Sign Rask
The Bruins finalized a 3-year deal with 20-year old Finnish goaltender Tuukka Rask Saturday. Financial details were not disclosed, but the per year max for entry level is $850,000, including a signing bonus of $85,000. Performances bonuses are allowed in entry level deals.
Rask won the Goalie MVP honors at last years World Junior Championship. He's a native of Savonlinna, and has played a couple of seasons for Ilves Tampere in the Finish League. He was the 2005 first round draft pick (21st overall) of the Toronto Maple Leafs and his rights came to the Bruins in a swap last summer for goaltender Andrew Raycroft.
Rask is already in route to Boston. He'll arrive Sunday, and quickly head to Providence. He's expected to join the P-Bruins roster as their playoff run continues. He could play as early as this week. That's not guaranteed according to Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli, as goalie Hannu Toivonen (another Fin) has had a successful postseason thus far. The P-B's are tied 1-1 with Manchester in the AHL's second round.
Watch Sportsdesk tonight on NESN for more, including reaction from Chiarelli and for highlights of Rask from the World Juniors. Rask will conduct a tele-conference with the media tomorrow afternoon and NESN will have more from Providence on Monday.
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