ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – They’ll tell you it’s all about “the Cup” and the glory, but there are more down-to-earth incentives for St. Louis Blues players to make a deep playoff run this year.
Call it cold (ice-hockey reference), hard cash.
Since player salaries don’t take the post-season into account, the player’s union (NHLPA) set up a Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NHL.
The CBA calls for the league to set aside $14 million to be paid out in the second season.
Each first-round losing team — like the Chicago Blackhawks, for example — gets a $250,000 bonus based on the 2013 breakdown, the last year for which figures were available.
That breaks down to $10,000 per man on a 25-player NHL squad.
Make it to the second round before going out, and that amount doubles to $500,000 per team.
Teams that make it to the third round before losing, again based on figures for 2013, split $1.25 million.
Get all the way to the NHL Finals and the big money really kicks in.
Runners-up are due $2.25 million, and the champions split up $3.75 million.
That works out to an extra $150,000 per player for hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup.
That actually compares favorably to the Super Bowl winners, who this past season got $102,000 each for their efforts.
But surely all of that extra money will only be icing on the cake for Blues players, with the real glory being bringing the Stanley Cup to St. Louis for the first time ever.
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