Nothing, because all of his rookie bonuses have to count against the cap this year (at least that's what I remember).
Correct. All potential Performance Bonuses count against the cap - whether they are earned or not. If and when a bonus becomes impossible to achieve, the team receives a cap credit for the remainder of the year in the cash amount of the unearned bonus.
So, Kane's $2.85M and Toews' $2.15M bonuses already are included in the Hawks cap.
A team is permitted to exceed the cap by up to 7.5% due to Performance Bonuses. At the end of the year, if the bonuses actually earned put the team over the cap, then that excess is applied against the next season's cap.
The Hawks are currently over the cap - Cap Geek has them currently ~$3.2M over the cap - but that is permitted due to the Performance Bonus Cushion.
So, Kane's performance does not affect their cap this year, but it is possible that Kane's and Toews' performance could impact their cap next season if they hit all/most of their bonuses.
The type and dollar amount of Performance Bonuses in ELS contracts are spelled out in Exhibit 5 of the CBA.
Cut and Pasting from an earlier Kane/Toews thread:
Originally Posted by kdb209
Originally Posted by KyleJRM
In order to reach those bonuses, they'd have to do things like be in the top 10 in the league in scoring.
I don't know the details of Toews' and Kane's actual bonuses - but here are the only allowable ones under the CBA:
Toews & Kane may have up to $850K in individual "A" bonuses ($212.5K max per bonus) which are probably quite achievable.
Originally Posted by CBA Exhibit 5
1. Individual "A" Bonuses Paid by Clubs
The maximum amount payable for any single category of Individual "A" Bonuses
identified below is $212,500 per season. (For example, an Entry Level SPC may not
contain bonuses of $212,500 for 20 goals and an additional $212,500 for 30 goals,
provided, however, it may contain a bonus of $100,000 for 20 goals and $112,500 for 30
goals). An Entry Level SPC may contain any number of Individual "A" Bonuses;
however, a Player may not receive more than $850,000 in total aggregate Individual "A"
Bonuses per season. Individual "A" Bonuses are payable by the Clubs (as opposed to the
(i) Ice time (aggregate and/or per Game). Player must be among top
six (6) forwards on the Club (minimum 42 Regular Season Games
played by Player and comparison group). (Note: an Entry Level
SPC may contain bonuses for both aggregate and per Game ice
time; however, the maximum aggregate amount the Player may
receive on account of the ice time category is $212,500.)
(ii) Goals: 20 GoalMinimum
(iii) Assists: 35 Assist Minimum
(iv) Points: 60 Point Minimum
(v) Points Per Game: .73 Points Per Game Minimum (minimum 42
Regular Season Games played)
(vi) Plus-Minus Rating: Among top three (3) forwards on the Club
(minimum 42 Regular Season Games played by Player and
(vii) End-of-Season NHL All-Rookie Team
(viii) NHL All-Star Game (selected to play or plays)
(ix) NHL All-Star Game MVP
The league wide "B" bonuses ($2M maximum) are harder to hit:
Top-5 finish in Hart, Norris, Selke, or Richard
Named 1st or 2nd team NHL All Star
Win Conn Smythe
Top-10 finish in goals, assists, points or points per Game (Minimum 42 games)
Note that the entire $2M max can be earned by achieving any of those milestones.
It is possible to have a contract with a $2M bonus for each and every one of those categories. The player would recieve the max $2M if he hit one or more of the bonuses. That is how Malkin's ELS bonuses were structured.