With Tim Thomas electing to take a year away from the NHL during the 2012-13 season, Tuukka Rask is poised to become the starting goaltender for the Bruins as they shoot for a second Stanley Cup in three seasons.

Rask seemed unsure what to make of Thomas’ departure, but he appears determined to block out any extra attention he might receive because of it, remaining focused on his job stopping pucks.

NESN Daily‘s Naoko Funayama caught up with Rask at the Jimmy Fund Clinic, where Rask visited with patients on Aug. 2. The Bruins netminder talked about his first trip to the Clinic, his new contract and his thoughts on replacing Thomas next season.