BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask is not only heading to the Stanley Cup Finals, he’s also heading towards a summer of free agency.
After his tremendous playoff run into the Cup finals, the Bruins know they’ll have to pay him like an elite goalie when the time comes.READ MORE: 'Turn Your Life Into A Staycation': Remote Work Could Have Major Impact On Coastal Communities
“Of course he will. We’ll have to sign him and he’ll get a raise,” Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said of Tuukka Tuesday morning on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich. “He’s had a terrific playoffs and he’ll be paid handsomely.”
“There’s no surprise that we’ll have to pay Tuukka. It’s easier to sign him the more success he has,” added Chiarelli.READ MORE: Police, Sherriff's Department Investigating Inmate Death At Suffolk County Jail
Rask is 12-4 this postseason with an NHL-leading .943 save percentage.
But before they can get to anything this off-season, Boston now has the Chicago Blackhawks in their way of raising the Stanley Cup once again. After sweeping the Penguins, the top-seed in the East, the Bruins now face a similar foe in Chicago.
“They’re probably a little more speed than physical than Pittsburgh, so that’s where it’s different,” Chiarelli said of Chicago. “We have to get our fore-check in properly, and if you don’t they’re countering a lot more quicker than Pittsburgh.”MORE NEWS: 2 Hanover Street Banks Robbed Within 10-Minute Timeframe
Chiarelli also commented on Boston’s sweep of the Penguins, and the inspiring play of forward Gregory Campbell in Game 3 against Pittsburgh.