Rumblings: Bruins close to re-signing Rask

The Boston Bruins are close to re-signing Tuukka Rask, sources told ESPN.com Thursday.

Rask becomes a restricted free agent Sunday, and while there’s always the threat of an offer sheet from a rival team, the B’s were going to match anything anyway.

Unless there’s a last-minute hang-up, Rask should be signed before the market even opens Sunday.

It’s an exciting time for Rask, who takes over as Boston’s No. 1 netminder next season. Tim Thomas, of course, has decided he might not play next season. But even if he does return to play, the Bruins would likely move him when that time comes.

More on Schultz

Teams have been told over the past 24 hours whether they’re on or off the short list for prized prospect Justin Schultz.

Combining my efforts with TSN teammates Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger, here’s what we believed to be the case as of 11 a.m. ET Thursday:

--Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto and the Rangers made the list.

--Interested teams such as Detroit, Boston, Philadelphia and Calgary did not make it.

"We were informed we didn’t make the list," Red Wings GM Ken Holland told ESPN.com Thursday morning. "He’s a young player, we would have liked to have signed him, but what are you going to do? You go the office and go back to work."

The Wings are still expected to be heavy suitors for Ryan Suter come Sunday.

Schultz and his agents, Wade Arnott and Don Meehan, were at Newport Sports in Mississauga (west of Toronto) set up meetings/calls with teams Wednesday and were slated to hold talks Thursday and Friday.

This and that

The Carolina Hurricanes are hoping to wrap up an extension for Jordan Staal within two weeks, a source told ESPN.com Thursday. ... Status quo Thursday morning on the Rick Nash front. The Columbus Blue Jackets’ plan remains to see what happens after Zach Parise decides his future and the effect that has on the long list of teams looking for an impact forward. ... UFA blueliner Francis Bouillon has expressed a desire to return to the Montreal Canadiens, where he could finish his career. The 36-year-old played nine seasons in Montreal. It just so happens Bouillon was one of Michel Therrien’s favorite players during Therrien’s first go-around behind the Habs bench.