Tuukka Rask negotiations impacted by playoffs, says GM

Claus Andersen

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask will be a restricted free agent this summer. His performance in the playoffs will likely impact the negotiations on his new contract.

As if winning the Stanley Cup wasn't motivation enough, Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask has another driving factor to perform his best in the 2013 playoffs.

Currently playing out a one-year, $3.5 million contract, Rask will become a restricted free agent this offseason. A strong showing in the postseason could help improve Rask's chances of getting what he wants when the two sides meet at the bargaining table this summer.

In the eyes of general manager Peter Chiarelli, it's obvious the playoffs can play a major role in the negotiations, via CSN New England:

"That goes without saying. You're judged on your performance. That will apply to Tuukka [Rask]. That will apply to everyone who is up for an extension. Tuukka is no different than the rest of them. He's a restricted free agent this year, and after the season we'll look at it and try to get him signed."

In 13 career playoff games, Rask has compiled a 7-6 record with a .912 save percentage and 2.61 goals against average. His last playoff start came in 2010, when the Bruins sustained a historic collapse against the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

In addition to Rask, backup goaltender Anton Khudobin will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

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