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01-22-2013, 07:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Oil Gauge View Post
That is the only time we really ever heard how much a player makes in bonuses. Really we have no idea what these bonus achievements are set at. I would guess that #1 overall gets max bonuses for min achievement though. Makes sense?

Either way, if RNH Schultz or Yakupov have good years and finish top 10 in goal assists or PPG then they could max out their contracts.

That's not really the concern though because if they do that then they have the bonus cushion. But the bonus cushion is only 7.5% of the cap which means the Oilers could go over that if all 3 realize their full contracts which means the rest of these players cap hits will go against the cap in 2013-14. Without looking at any other ELC contracts the Oilers might have on the roster next year that increases these 3 players from $925,000 cap hits to $2,192,500 cap hits.

RNH doesn't have a bonus in his contract for winning the Calder, no one does because its not allowed. RNH coming in second in calder voting cost him $62,500.
The 7.5% is the total amount that a team is permitted to exceed the cap by due to bonuses.

The danger is a possible carry over:

The key bonuses are:
Nugent-Hopkins $2.875M
Yakapov $2.875M
Justin Schultz $2.875M

This means that the Oilers can pay at least $3.73M before there is any carry-over if the Oilers max out their cap space.

You can pretty much assume that all three will hit their Schedule A bonuses so that is $2.53M.

Schedule B bonuses are very hard to hit. Schultz and RNH are the best bet to hit theirs. but I think the chances of even one hitting the schedule B bonus is far less than 50%. Even so if the Oilers have a similar roster with

1) Gagner = $4M (upper estimate)
2) Paajarvi=$1.1M (upper estimate)
3) Jones = $1.75M (upper estimate)
4) Whitney = $4M (upper estimate)
5) Smid = $4M (might get a bit more)

and $1.5M for a backup goalie, then they could pay out about $5.3M in schedule B bonuses before triggering any carry-over.

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