Hasek cashing in
He made US$750,000 during the regular season.
If Hasek helps Detroit get past the Calgary Flames in the first round, he'll earn a $450,000 bonus; another $450,000 if the Red Wings advance to the conference finals; and $200,000 more if he hoists his second Stanley Cup and the 11th in franchise history.
When teams calculate how much room they have under the cap to add players, any potential bonuses that a player can earn must be included in the player's cap count. Teams may exceed the upper limit by up to 7.5% in order to pay such bonuses (for 2006-07, teams could effectively have an upper limit of $47.3 million) with the provision that any team doing this will have its upper limit reduced for the following season by the amount it exceeds the current year's upper limit.
Add in the fact that 59-year-old Chris Chelios is due a $300,000 bonus as part of his contract, and the Red Wings could be down as much as $1-million next season.