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11-29-2004, 04:49 PM
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Originally Posted by mudcrutch79
If Craig Patrick's such a genius at understanding the CBA, how in the hell does he let MA Fleury accumulate a year of service time last year? That was an asinine decision, and one no GM with an understanding of the CBA should make. Pittsburgh fans should remember this when Fleury holds out for his next contract, and remember it even more when they're complaining about his fat arbitration contract.
It was to the Pens advantage to expend a year of Fleury's contract without having to pay him significant incentive bonus money.

With incentives, Fleury's contract could be worth more than $5 million a year, a large undertaking for the financially troubled Penguins.

Fleury will receive $400,000 if he reaches any of the following: 20 victories; a 3.25 goals-against average; an .890 save percentage; 1,800 minutes played; four shutouts over the term of the contract; and a top-three finish in rookie of the year balloting.

If Fleury achieves two of those incentives this season, he would get a $4 million bonus. He would need to reach three in his second year and four in the third to get the $4 million bonus in those seasons.
It was very shrewd of Patrick to get a year of Fleury's contract out of the way when he had the chance. Any new contract will be under some kind of cap, and it won't contain ridiculous bonuses for easy to reach incentives.

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