Thread: Speculation: Brad Richards News Part IV
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06-10-2011, 10:38 PM
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Originally Posted by dbmaven View Post
Performance bonuses are limited to ELCs and 35+ contracts, plus players with 400+ games who spent significant time on IR in the prior season.

Signing, Roster and Reporting Bonuses are permitted on any contract. If the bonus is structured so as to be 1mm per year over the life of the contract, that is allowed. If they were to try to dump the bonus into one or 2 seasons, it would probably violate the 100% rule (where the season to season value cannot change by more than 100% - e.g. go from 2mm to 4.5mm - including bonuses).
So essentially, couldn't the Rangers give him a signing bonus so he gets the money he wants, but it doesn't count against the cap?

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