Tim Thomas is gone, likely never to return to the Bruins, and that's the mind-set Tuukka Rask said he'll take into the 2012-13 season. He has to figure Thomas has moved on, and he's moving on up.

"Well, of course, that's what everyone wants,'' said Rask, speaking Thursday afternoon in the lobby of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, following an afternoon visit with some patients. "You know, he takes a step back and thinks about his situation . . . and if he comes back, he comes back. But I just try to do my job as good as I can, like always.''