CHICAGO — Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask said he was going to try to enjoy the summer now and not focus on hockey anymore.
The only thing keeping him from that is the fact that his one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Bruins is about to expire.
Rask, who is in line for a significant salary bump, was asked about his contract status Wednesday.
“I’m going to go see [Bruins GM] Peter [Chiarelli] right now,” Rask joked. “Have it signed by this afternoon.”
The Bruins No. 1 goaltender who shined through much of the postseason, said he would like to remain in Boston for the long tern.
“That would be an ideal situation, I think to play here forever,” Rask said. “I hope we can make that happen.”
Chiarelli was asked how much he’d want to get a new deal for Rask done so that the team wouild have an idea where the rest of the summer might go from there.
“Well, you’d like to get everything done quickly,” Chiarelli said. “I don’t know if I’ll have that luxury, but certainly I’ll try just so you have your certainty on your team and cap and all that. He’s obviously had a terrific playoff and we’d like to get him done as soon as we can.”
Rask was asked if he believes he’s proven himself with his performance this season.
“I don’t think I have to answer those questions anymore,” he said. “I played good. Proved to everyone again that I was capable of doing it. I mean, you look at the numbers. They’re good. If I just analyze my game and by how I felt throughout the year, I thought it was a great year.”
Rask said he used the existing one year contract as a motivation to perform well this season.
“You always try to be good but then you are trying to get your average game level as high as you can,” Rask said. “That the gap between a good game and a bad game wouldn’t be so big. I think I managed to do that this year and it motivates me for the next year to keep that level and keep getting better.”