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Boston Bruins Sign Contract Extension With Jaroslav Halak

Jaroslav Halak has signed a one-year extension with the Boston Bruins on Friday.

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On Friday, it was reported that Jaroslav Halak had signed a one-year contract with the Boston Bruins for next season at $2.25 million. The deal comes as a bit of a shock considering the franchise has good young goalies in the system but it speaks to Boston’s desire to keep the Tuukka Rask and Halak tandem together for at least one more run.

The $2.25 million deal carries an additional $1.25 million as a performance bonus if he plays 10 games next season.

Halak has proven to be a reliable backup and has helped tremendously in easing Rask’s workload but Rask has made public comments lately about his future in the NHL and whether he’ll continue to play after his current contract ends.

If this season does not continue, Halak will finish 18-6-6, with a .919 save percentage. In 71 total games with Boston, he is 40-17-10 with a .921 save percentage.  

Interesting Timing

Interesting about all of this is the timing. As most teams wait to see what will happen with the NHL salary cap, Boston went ahead and spent a sizable amount of money. This isn’t the type of deal that will break a team’s back, (not by any means) but the potential of adding $3.5 million in salary as the teams wait to see if the cap will stay flat this season may be questioned by some.

Halak, by most accounts is a good signing. There are just so many questions left unanswered, it will be interesting to see if Boston comes to realize they may have jumped too quickly.

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