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07-05-2007, 06:43 PM
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Originally Posted by incident View Post
Having just read through the relevant sections of the CBA, it's permitted to offer performance bonuses to players over 35 who sign single year contracts, and there's a provision in there which says teams are allowed to exceed the upper limit by up to 7.5 in order to pay Performance Bonuses.

But the bonuses do seem to count against the cap - I could have understood this wrong, but it seems to say that if a team does use some of that 7.5% cushion, then they'll have the same amount deducted from their upper limit the following season.

So basically the Rangers could indeed sign Shanahan on a 0.5 million contract with 4 million worth of bonuses, and exceed the cap that way, but it'd come back and bite them in a years time..
Interesting, time will tell if they can swing it. Of course this is where actually developing some more top line talent bites you in the ass because you had to sign guys to contracts now.

Unfortunatly this is where some of those lean years with drafting hurt you.

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