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June 25, 2013 | 6:56pm ET
Rask looking for big raise
TheFourthPeriod.com

With their season now over, the Boston Bruins will shift their focus on their key free agents and the upcoming NHL Draft.

The main player the team has to zero in on is goaltender Tuukka Rask, who is scheduled to become a restricted free agent July 5.

It's unclear how in-depth contract talks have gotten to, at this point, but according to Comcast Sportsnet New England, the Bruins are going to have to pay up in order to keep Rask long-term.

Citing a source with knowledge of the negotiations, CSNNE claims the six-year, $39 million contract the Montreal Canadiens gave star netminder Carey Price "is the starting point for negotiations" with Rask and agent Bill Zito.

With roughly $10 million in available salary cap space, taking into account center Marc Savard being on LTIR, the Bruins will need to be creative in how they manage their roster for the 2013-14 season.

CSNNE suggests it won't take too long to get a deal ironed out between the two sides, which could result in Rask earning between $6.5 million and $7 million per season on a new deal.

Meanwhile, CSNNE also reports the Bruins would like to get center Patrice Bergeron inked to an extension.

Bergeron, who suffered a broken rib, torn cartilage and a separate shoulder during the Stanley Cup Final, has one-year left on his current contract.


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