The Boston Bruins have signed goaltender Tuuka Rask on an eight-year contract worth $56m.

After being set to become a free agent, but after a meeting with general manager Peter Chiarelli, he was able to agree terms with the team he has been with for six years.

The average yearly value of the deal for the Finnish player will be $7m, and he will play a key part in helping his team improve on last season, when they reached the Stanley Cup finals, before losing to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Rask had a record of 19-10-5 in that campaign with a goals-against average of 2.00 and a .929 save percentage and five shutouts.

He also set a club record with a home playoff shutout streak of 193:16, which began in the fourth game of the Eastern Conference Final, and ran until the third game of the Stanley Cup Final.

The Bruins first signed in 2007 from FNL team Ilves, and was called up after impressive displays for the Providence Bruins, the Boston Bruins’ development team in the AHL.

All his 138 NHL games have been with the Boston Bruins, and he holds a 66-45-16 record with 16 shutouts.

A statement on the official website read: “The goaltender is now locked up for the foreseeable future with a new eight-year contract that will keep him a Bruin until at least 2020-21, when he turns 34.”

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