Bruins GM: Rask earned it

Goaltender's talent and character helped make mega-deal an easy decision

Updated: July 12, 2013, 9:09 AM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- The Boston Bruins have always been impressed with Tuukka Rask on and off the ice, so when it came time to decide whether to give him a long-term contract, his track record helped make it an easy choice for the organization.

"He really showed me patience, perseverance, hard work, work ethic and continued to get better as a goaltender," Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said in a conference call Thursday, a day after the team announced it had re-signed the 26-year-old netminder ...

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