Jaroslav Halak will be back in Boston next season.
The Bruins announced Friday that the veteran goalie had agreed to a one-year contract extension with the team. It will be his third consecutive season in Boston serving as the likely backup to No. 1 netminder Tuukka Rask.
The extension will cause a $2.25 million cap hit for the Bruins next season, and, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Halak will also be eligible for performance bonuses because of his age.
Halak turns 35 later this month — making him eligible for performance bonuses. There is a $1.25M bonus for 10 games, as well
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 1, 2020
Halak has played in 31 games this season, posting an 18-6-6 record with three shutouts, a 2.39 GAA and a .919 save percentage.
The Slovakian joined the Bruins as a free agent in 2018 after spending four seasons with the New York Islanders. He has made 71 appearances in two seasons for Boston.
Since being selected in the ninth round of the 2003 NHL Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, the 34-year-old Halak has played in 520 regular-season games, compiling a 272-167-58 record. He has also played for the Canadiens, St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals in a 14-year NHL career.
The Bruins have made the playoffs in each of the past three seasons and are on track to win the Presidents’ Trophy this year as the team with the most regular-season points.