The Bruins made a statement about their goaltending on Thursday by extending the contract of current back-up goaltender, Tuukka Rask, by two more years. Rask signed a deal, reportedly worth $2.5 million over the two years, which looks to be a pretty good deal for a solid back-up behind Tim Thomas in Boston.
Already in the 2010 season, Rask has seen action in four games this season and currently has a record of 2-1-1, including a shutout, with a 2.41 GAA and a .915 Save %. He currently ranks 34th among all goalies in my pool rankings, which would have meant that he would have been suitable for being drafted in the pool the first time around, but now could be a suitable replacement, if need be in the Waiver Draft.
Rask's entry-level deal was quite the burden to the Bruins overall cap number, seeing as though he had a number of bonuses which brought his cap number up to $3.2 million, but in the 2011 season, his cap number will be $1.25 million. Currently, I have the Bruins listed with 11 players for the 2011 season at a reasonable cap number of $39.9 million. It's a pretty good number at the moment, but I haven't done all the figures quite yet, but it's certainly something to look forward to.