Bruins, Rask delaying contract talks until season's end

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Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins will wait until the 2021 campaign concludes to wade into contract negotiations, Bruins president Cam Neely said Tuesday, according to's Amalie Benjamin.

Rask is a pending unrestricted free agent. He's in the final season of an eight-year, $56-million pact inked with the club in summer 2013.

The 34-year-old goaltender helped the Bruins eliminate the Washington Capitals over five games in the first round of this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs. He posted a .941 save percentage and three goals saved above average while starting every game in the series.

Rask raised his game in that matchup - albeit over a small sample size - after producing a .913 save percentage over 24 contests during the regular season. He's spent his entire 14-year career with Boston, claiming the Vezina Trophy in 2014 and finishing as the runner-up last year.

In March 2020, the Finnish netminder said retiring when his contract ends is a possibility.

Jaroslav Halak, the Bruins' other primary puck-stopper, is also a pending UFA. He's carrying a $2.25-million cap hit and authored a .905 save percentage over 19 regular-season games this campaign. Jeremy Swayman, a 22-year-old rookie, went 7-3-0 with a .945 save percentage and 10 GSAA over 10 games with Boston this season.

Bruins, Rask delaying contract talks until season's end
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