The man finally got paid, and now it was his time to talk.
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask agreed to an eight-year, $56 million contract extension with Boston late Wednesday afternoon. The deal put Rask up there with the Nashville Predators' Pekka Rinne at a goaltender-leading $7 million-per-season salary.
The new money of course garners new expectations, and could easily sink a man of lagging confidence.
Rask, though, doesn't seem to be bothered by this commotion.
"It's just a challenge, you try to play as hard as you can. For me, it doesn't really matter if I'm making $4 million or $7 million or $10 million, you're still trying to be worth your money and try to prove yourself every night," Rask said. "So, I don't really look at whether or not I'm making more or less than the guy sitting next to me."
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli also commented on the contract. Chiarelli heaped praise on a goaltender who gave up just 1.88 goals per game in the playoffs, offering that Rask looks poised to do good with this new dough.
"He deserves this contract, and he's a high character kid and, as I said earlier, he's only going to get better."
View the video above to hear all that was said in this regard.