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05-31-2011, 01:08 AM
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I feel bad even asking this but i am curious for no real reason at all...with Boogaard's contract 6.5 million, who gets that money? Paid to his family? Not paid at all? Count against the Rangers cap etc...
Sorry if this comes off being insensitive, not my intentions

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05-31-2011, 01:15 AM
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I feel bad even asking this but i am curious for no real reason at all...with Boogaard's contract 6.5 million, who gets that money? Paid to his family? Not paid at all? Count against the Rangers cap etc...
Sorry if this comes off being insensitive, not my intentions
It's a sad situation, but this is a fair & interesting question, and there is nothing wrong with that.

My guess is: if the person is deceased and they are unable to fulfill their contract, my guess is he or his estate does not get paid, and it will not count against the cap.

That said, if there is documented medical proof that Boogard's injury was the cause of his use of the drug that led to his death, the Rangers may step in out of courtesy and offer some settlement to his family. This would not only be a classy move, but would prevent a very possible law suit down the road (it is obviously too soon now as the family is focussed on grieving) whereby the family would seek some damages from the Rangers if they could establish a connection.

Naturally, none of us have the facts to evaluate the details and how strong a case they would have, what they could reasonably be entitled to, etc. But in this case, if there is a payment made to the family (which as I said would be a classy and maybe necessary move by the Rangers), this would be a civil/legal issue. Thus, it is outside of hockey and would have no cap implications.

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I feel bad even asking this but i am curious for no real reason at all...with Boogaard's contract 6.5 million, who gets that money? Paid to his family? Not paid at all? Count against the Rangers cap etc...
Sorry if this comes off being insensitive, not my intentions
I don't see how this would be insensitive at all. The NHL is still a Business, it does not stop being a Business because of a death. People don't stop worrying about this stuff because of a death, it will still go on.

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I think jmelm is right, the Rangers might even get a pick as compensation for it.
It was the case with Sherepanov (Rangers draft pick), but he was just drafted. When Lyashenko killed himself (als with the Rangers then. Damn, they have a lot of tragedies in that franchise), I think they got a pick too but I might be wrong.

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If his contract was insured (as many athletes will do in case of career-ending injury or death), that amount of salary will be paid to his family by the insurance company. Not sure but I don't think he was married or had kids (?), so that might be an indicator. I think a married guy with a family or one on the way would be much more likely to insure a big salary like that.

However, if it's not insured I doubt very much the Rangers or any other team would pay $6.5M out of charity to his family. Not unless there is a specific provision in the contract that the amount be honored / paid to his surviving family, should he die. If he had a wife and kids I could see the Rangers paying some smaller amount (maybe $1M or similar) to help them out, but let's be real. Either way it shouldn't count against the cap. Would be really strange if it did IMO.

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I think jmelm is right, the Rangers might even get a pick as compensation for it.
It was the case with Sherepanov (Rangers draft pick), but he was just drafted. When Lyashenko killed himself (als with the Rangers then. Damn, they have a lot of tragedies in that franchise), I think they got a pick too but I might be wrong.
I believe you can only get a draft pick if the player never played an NHL game, which is why the Rangers got a pick for Cherepanov and Vancouver didn't for Bourdon.

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I believe you can only get a draft pick if the player never played an NHL game, which is why the Rangers got a pick for Cherepanov and Vancouver didn't for Bourdon.
Ok, thanks, that's probably the way it works.

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Draft compensation is only for unsigned first rounders since the lockout. Cherepanov never signed with the Rangers, so they were rewarded a pick in the second round in the slot that he was selected in the first as compensation. Bourdon was signed by the Canucks and played in a couple games (him playing doesn't matter, the second he signed the compensation prospect was closed...if something horrible were to happen to Simon Despres tomorrow I don't believe we'd get any sort of compensation pick for him since he's already signed...but that may have to wait until the life of the contract begins (which would be a more complicated issue).

To the best of my knowledge the contract is wiped off the books. I know it won't count against the cap, and I know there is no form of compensation that will be given to the franchise. I don't know if any portion of that contract is paid to his estate/family, but if it did it would be through some sort of insurance and not through the Rangers themselves.

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