NHL: Tuukka Rask turned an outstanding first season as the Boston Bruins’ No. 1 goalie into a long-term commitment on Wednesday by signing an eight-year contract to stay with the Eastern Conference champions.
There was little doubt that the restricted free agent would be back, especially after the Bruins cleared about $4.75 million in space under the salary cap when they sent Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars in a seven-player deal last Thursday.
The Bruins said the annual salary cap charge on Rask’s contract is $7 million.
Boston lost the Stanley Cup finals in six games to Chicago, dropping the finale 3-2 on June 24 when the Blackhawks came from behind and scored two goals in the last 1:16.
Rask, 26, was 19-10-5 with a 2.00 GAA in the regular season and then went 14-8 in the postseason with three shutouts and a 1.88 GAA.
• Blues, Oilers make trade: The St. Louis Blues have traded David Perron to the Edmonton Oilers for Magnus Paajarvi and a 2014 second-round draft pick.
Perron, a 25-year old left-wing, had 10 goals and 15 assists in 48 games for St. Louis last season. Paajarvi has 26 goals and 32 assists in 163 games with the Oilers.
• Hagelin, Falk reach agreements: The New York Rangers reached agreements on deals with restricted free agent forward Carl Hagelin and newly acquired former Spokane Chiefs defenseman Justin Falk.
The 24-year-old Falk, acquired by the Rangers from Minnesota on June 30, will earn $975,000 next year.
• Ducks sign Grant: The Anaheim Ducks have signed defenseman Alex Grant to a one-year contract through the 2013-14 season.
• D’Agostini signs with Penguins: The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Matt D’Agostini to a one-year, $550,000 contract.
The 26-year-old D’Agostini has 47 goals and 48 assists in 267 career games with Montreal, St. Louis and New Jersey.
• Vancouver to host outdoor game: Vancouver will become the third Canadian city to host a regular-season NHL game outdoors when the Canucks play the Ottawa Senators at BC Place next season in the 2014 Heritage Classic.
The March 2 game in Vancouver will be the first played in a retractable-roof facility.
Raiders linebacker charged with assault
NFL: Oakland Raiders linebacker Kaluka Maiava and his brother are charged with assaulting two men at a Maui bar.
Maui Prosecuting Attorney John Kim says Maiava and 30-year-old brother Ilima Maiava are charged with misdemeanor assault and criminal property damage, a petty misdemeanor.
They allegedly caused bodily harm during a brawl at Life’s a Beach in Kihei on March 17. That would be four days after the Raiders signed the 27-year-old from Wailuku to a three-year, $6 million contract. He played four seasons with the Cleveland Browns after being a fourth-round pick out of Southern California.
No penalties for cars that failed inspection
AUTO RACING: NASCAR has declined to penalize the 31 cars that failed inspection in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series at Daytona.
NASCAR confiscated the teams’ roof flaps, which are designed to keep cars on the ground during spins and wrecks at high speeds, for further inspection.
NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton says the “functionality and safety aspects of the roof flaps were not compromised and the on track competition would not be impacted.”
The roof-flap spacers had been illegally machined down to reduce weight.
Pangos scores nine in Canada’s victory
Miscellany: Gonzaga University junior Kevin Pangos scored seven of his nine points in the last five minutes and the Canadian development men’s national team improved to 3-0 at the World University Games on Tuesday with a 92-83 win over Australia at Kazan, Russia.
Pangos also had four assists and a steal in 20 minutes of play.
• Vandersloot delivers key assist: Epiphanny Prince’s jumper with 38.3 seconds left put the Chicago Sky ahead to stay in an 89-85 win Wednesday over the Washington Mystics at Rosemont, Ill.
Prince took a pass from former Gonzaga standout Courtney Vandersloot and hit a shot from the right wing to break an 85-85 tie and put Chicago ahead. It was the Sky’s fifth win in six games.
Vandersloot had four points, six assists and five rebounds in 28 minutes.