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Monday, July 1, 2013
Agent on Tuukka talks: 'Good conversation'

By Joe McDonald

Offseason priority No. 1 for the Boston Bruins -- signing goaltender Tuukka Rask to a long-term contract -- appears to be picking up steam.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli and Rask’s agent, Bill Zito, spoke over the weekend at the NHL draft.

“We had a good conversation,” Zito said. “We are going to continue to talk in the next few days.”

Ideally, the Bruins would like to have Rask signed to an extension prior to the free-agent period, which begins on July 5. If not, other teams can make Rask, a restricted free agent, an offer sheet that the Bruins would have to match in order to retain his services.

Rask, 26, proved to be a No. 1 goaltender this season and could be asking for up to $8.5 million per year for a seven- or eight-year contract. No goalie is currently making more than an average of $7 million per season.