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Last but not least in our tour of the CBA is Performance Bonuses. While players signing deals at age 35 or older have a lot of bonus leeway, players on entry level deals can only get Exhibit 5 bonuses or games played bonuses.

Let’s dive into Exhibit 5: Performance Bonuses.

Category A Bonuses

Category A bonuses are for clubs to pay to rookies for hitting thresholds or for performance excellence relative to the rest of the team – provided they were negotiated into the deal. Players can get a maximum of $212,500 for any specific category and it maxes out per season at $850,000 in the aggregate.

Forwards:

  • Top six forwards on team in either aggregate or average ice time (minimum 42 GP)
  • 20+ goals
  • 35+ assists
  • 60+ points
  • 0.73 points per game (minimum 42 GP)
  • Top three forwards on team in plus/minus (minimum 42 GP)
  • Named to All-Rookie Team
  • Selected to All-Star Game
  • Named All-Star Game MVP

Defensemen:

  • Top four defenders on team in either aggregate or average ice time (minimum 42 GP)
  • 10+ goals
  • 25+ assists
  • 40+ points
  • 0.49 points per game (minimum 42 GP)
  • Top three defenders on team in plus/minus (minimum 42 GP)
  • Top two defenders on team in blocked shots (minimum 42 GP)
  • Named to All-Rookie Team
  • Selected to All-Star Game
  • Named All-Star Game MVP

Goaltenders:

  • 1,800+ minutes played
  • Goals against average equal to or less than the median GAA of all goalies with 25+ GP
  • Save percentage equal to or greater than the median SV% of all goalies with 25+ GP
  • 20+ wins
  • Shutouts equal to or greater than the median shutouts of all goalies with 25+ GP
  • Named to All-Rookie Team
  • Selected to All-Star Game
  • Named All-Star Game MVP

Category B Bonuses

Here’s the gist of Category B: everybody on an ELC is eligible for bonuses from the league (which don’t count against the cap). But Category B bonuses from the team have to be negotiated into the contract (and they count against the cap). Teams and players can negotiate whatever bonuses they want to based on Category B awards, but the absolute maximum they can pay in any combination of Category B bonuses is $2 million per season.

Players can only negotiate club-paid bonuses for the following trophies: the Hart, Norris, Selke and Conn Smythe (determined by the PHWA), the Vezina (determined by GMs), and the Richard and Jennings (which are both pure statistical awards).

AWARDS:

The league gives bonuses to players on ELCs for the following award finishes:

Top 5 in balloting for the Hart, Norris, Vezina, Selke and Richard:

  • $250,000 for first
  • $200,000 for second
  • $150,000 for third
  • $100,000 for fourth
  • $50,000 for fifth

Top 3 in balloting for the Lady Byng:

  • $150,000 for first
  • $100,000 for second
  • $50,000 for third

Winning the Jennings is worth $50,000

Top 3 in balloting for the Calder:

  • $212,500 for first
  • $150,000 for second
  • $100,000 for third

A First Team All-Star nod is worth $100,000, a Second Team All-Star nod is worth $50,000

Winning the Conn Smythe is worth $250,000

STAT LEADERS:

There are also bonuses for finishing among the league leaders in a statistical category:

Forwards:

  • Top 10 in goals, assists or points ranges from $150,000 for first to $60,000 for 10th
  • Top 10 in points per game (42+ GP) ranges from $100,000 for first to $10,000 for 10th

Defensemen:

  • Top 10 in goals, assists or points ranges from $150,000 for first to $60,000 for 10th
  • Top 10 in points per game (42+ GP), average time on ice (42+ GP) or aggregate ice time ranges from $100,000 for first to $10,000 for 10th

Goalies:

  • Top 5 in goals against average (25+ GP), save percentage (25+ GP) or wins ranges from $150,000 for first to $110,000 for fifth

An illustration…

Here’s a snapshot of the bonuses negotiated into the contracts of first rounders signed from the past three NHL Drafts, and you can see the cascading nature of Category A and B bonuses as we slide into the later part of the first round:

Drafted 2019 2018 2017
1st $2,850,000 $2,850,000 $2,850,000
2nd $2,650,000 $2,650,000 $2,650,000
3rd $2,500,000 $2,500,000 $2,500,000
4th $2,500,000 $2,500,000 $1,973,333 (avg.)
5th $1,550,000 $1,250,000 (avg.) $2,850,000
6th $850,000 $850,000 $850,000
7th $850,000 $687,500 (avg.) $850,000
8th $850,000 $850,000 $566,667 (avg.)
9th $850,000 $850,000 $816,667 (avg.)
10th n/a $733,333 (avg.) $733,333 (avg.)
11th $660,000 (avg.) $537,500 $733,333 (avg.)
12th n/a $537,500 $537,500
13th n/a $537,500 $462,500 (avg.)
14th n/a $500,000 (avg.) $500,000
15th n/a n/a $450,000
16th n/a $425,000 $425,000
17th $414,500 $400,000 $400,000
18th $425,000 (avg.) $375,000 (avg.) $408,333 (avg.)
19th $425,000 n/a $708,333 (avg.)
20th $212,500 (avg.) $187,500 (avg.) $283,333 (avg.)
21st $0 $300,000 $350,000
22nd $158,333 (avg.) $350,000 (avg.) $230,000
23rd $0 $0 $212,500
24th $141,667 (avg.) n/a $566,667 (avg.)
25th $0 $212,500 (avg.) $566,667 (avg.)
26th $0 n/a $462,500 (avg.)
27th $0 $241,667 (avg.) $0
28th $0 n/a $150,000 (avg.)
29th $0 $0 $354,167 (avg.)
30th n/a $318,750 (avg.) $2,220,833 (avg.)
31st n/a $0 $212,500 (avg.)

Obviously there’s year-to-year variations, but you get the idea.