Peter Chiarelli Confident Bruins Will Get New Deal With Tuukka Rask Done in ‘Short Order’


Stanley Cup Bruins Blackhawks HockeyBruins goalie Tuukka Rask was simply fantastic during the playoffs on the team’s run to the Stanley Cup Final. With that dominating performance heading into a summer he’d be a restricted free agent, re-signing the Finnish netminder became a pretty important task for the B’s.

Many fans and pundits feel that the Bruins’ most important offseason task is re-signing the goalie, and that’s a point of view shared by Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli. The GM spoke to the media Wednesday, just a couple of days before free agency is set to begin, and he expressed confidence on getting a new deal done with Rask.

“I feel confident that we will get a deal done on Rask in short order,” Chiarelli said.

Chiarelli said he has a salary number in mind for Rask, which should allow the Bruins to operate as normal when free agency gets underway Friday. The general manager said he’s so confident in re-signing Rask that he’ll operate with that Rask number in mind as he works against the salary cap, which is going down for the 2013-14 season.

“I would think [a deal would be done] before [Friday],” Chiarelli said, “but if it’s after I’m fine with it to. I know he would enter free agency but I’m confident regardless, either or.”

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