Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask became the highest-paid player in franchise history this summer with his new eight-year deal worth $56 million but he says no amount of money will change his mindset.

The 26-year-old netminder will enter the 2013-2014 season when training camp begins on Sept. 11 with no contract issues. He no longer needs to prove he can have success at this level. He only needs to concentrate on stopping the puck and that should make things easier for him.

“Yes and no” he said. “Yes you’re always kind of trying to work yourself up and try to get yourself some kind of status in people's eyes but every season you start from scratch and have to prove yourself again at some level. Obviously it helps that you have a long contract and you can focus on your job and don’t worry about the contract every year. It helps in that way but still every year is different and you have to be worth your money no matter how much you make.”

After losing to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup finals Rask returned to his native Finland and spent his downtime playing golf and tennis with friends and family. To him it’s been a normal summer despite the shorter offseason.