The Boston Bruins appear to be closing in on long-term contract extensions for two of their most important players, center Patrice Bergeron and goaltender Tuukka Rask.
And they’re both going to be huge contracts.
According to CBC’s Elliotte Friedman, Rask’s contract is expected to be in the neighborhood of $56 million over eight years, while ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports Bergeron’s deal could be worth between $52 million and $54 million over eight years.
Rask is eligible for restricted free agency this summer, while Bergeron still has one year remaining on his current deal.
Let’s start with Rask. If that turns out to be his contract, that would be a cap hit of $7 million per year. That would tie him with Nashville’s Pekka Rinne for the largest cap hit in the NHL. Los Angeles’ Jonathan Quick would make more in actual salary over the next eight years but would have a smaller cap hit due to him signing his contract under the old CBA with the Kings tacking on a couple of smaller years on the end to reduce the cap hit
Source: Adam Gretz, CBS Sports