After signing a new contract last week, Bruins winger Milan Lucic is going to face huge expectations this season.
Lucic addressed the high expectations during a media conference call on Saturday to announce his signing.
"There’s obviously going to be more pressure with making more money and you also have to embrace that challenge and embrace the struggle that it takes to win," said Lucic.
"Like I said, now that I’ve been given this opportunity to be a big part of the puzzle, as much as I’ll have pressure from you guys, you definitely put pressure on yourself to perform," he added.
"It’s up to me to elevate my game and bring it to a certain standard and that’s the responsibility of being an athlete. I know what that responsibility is now."
After a lackluster performance against the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs last year, Lucic has plenty of motivation going into the 2012-13 season. Unfortunately, he might not get a chance to prove he's worth $6 million per year for a while.