Thread: Speculation: Can Brian Burke do it?
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04-09-2009, 10:49 PM
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Originally Posted by CREW99AW View Post
Last yr Hillen was one of the most sought after college free agents.

Hillen played the last 2-3 games of the season with the nyi,so this is his rookie season.He's making $875,000.I have never read anything about bonuses in Hillen's deal.

I don't buy that other teams were offering over $3m in bonus money to Bozak.I don't have a problem with how Burke and the Leafs use their cap space.I just find the idea that overpaying for a college ufa, makes Burke some sort of genius.
Not sure what he has to do with this but there obviously wasn't much of a bidding war for Hillen if all he got was a ELC base salary without bonuses.

3/4 of the league wanted Bozak and were all competing based on what they could offer him other than base salary + max rookie bonuses allowed under the CBA for an entry level contract.

The actual bonus breakdown has been posted before on here. I think it was Beukeboom Fan who has posted it actually. We're talking a Crosby-esque rookie season if Bozak hits them all. Needless to say it would be quite the steal at $4M.

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