Signing bonus plus salary can’t exceed $14MM

So there’s no “$24 million” upfront. Sorry. The CBA limits salary plus bonuses in any given year to 20% of the upper limit in the year in which the contract is signed.

Winger Zach Parise has a once-in-a lifetime chance to get maximum dollars in unrestricted free agency. He can write his own ticket. If he wants giant dollars up front in his new deal — via a two-stage signing bonus for, say, $24 million — he will get giant dollars up front. That is why the New Jersey Devils failed to keep him off the market.

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  5 comments for “Signing bonus plus salary can’t exceed $14MM

  1. Sam
    July 1, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Man, Kovalchuk has to be bummed. Brodeur will likely leave as will Parise. Then again, there was a lot of talk Kovalchuk’s deal would make it impossible to keep the team together. Either way, Jersey may be a shadow of the team that won the East.

    • July 1, 2012 at 8:54 PM

      Brodeur is old. He was never going to be around for the bulk of Kovalchuk’s deal (neither will Kovalchuk, but that’s another story). We talked, two summers ago, at some length about the likelihood that Kovalchuk’s signing would drive Parise out. If Lou is able to re-sign him it will be a minor miracle for Devils fans.

      • Garrett79
        July 2, 2012 at 4:31 PM

        Teams that owe $77,000,000 that they don’t have to assorted creditors should not be allowed to continue signing players to these types of contracts.

  2. IAmJoe
    July 1, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    What I’ve seen Bob McKenzie and others talking about today is $24M “up front” and they’ve explained that they mean across the first two years. 12M signing bonus now, 12M signing bonus next year, so that as much of the money is front loaded as possible. I get the same out of that quoted piece there, given the “two-stage” bit.

    • July 1, 2012 at 8:49 PM

      I can get that out of the article if I already know the rules but otherwise it sounds like he is somehow asking for or can actually get $24MM per year.

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