Nothing like a little 4th of July hockey information, thanks to Mike Colligan's reporting via Twitter.
Colligan reported Russian winger Sergei Plotnikov will carry a $3.78 million cap hit due to having the potential to earn $2.85 million in performance bonuses.
If you are unaware of the performance bonus breakdown, below is a quick recap for those on an Entry Level Contract (ELC).
Individual 'A' Bonus by paid club has 9 categories , which a forward can earn a maximum of $212,500 each but he cannot earn any more than $850,000 total.
1. Ice Time (top six among team's forwards in TOI / minimum 42 games played)
2. Goals (minimum of 20)
3. Assists (minimum of 35)
4. Points (minimum of 60)
5. Points per Game ( .73 Points Per Game Minimum (minimum 42 Regular Season Games played)
6. Plus-Minus Rating: Among top three (3) forwards on the Club (minimum 42 Regular Season Games played by Player and comparison group).
7. End-of-Season NHL All-Rookie Team
8. NHL All-Star Game (selected to play or plays)
9. NHL All-Star Game MVP
Individual 'B' Bonuses can be paid for by the league or club for league awards, which carry a maximum of $2 million.
For more specific information, you can review the NHL CBA, Exhibit 5 starting on page 326.
If Plotnikov would somehow reach any of these performance bonuses, they would be applied to the team's 2015-2016 cap and any bonuses over the team's salary cap ceiling of $71.4 million would then move to the 2016-2017 season.
Such a cap hit would be a welcomed reward for the Penguins because that means the Penguins got a productive top six winger for a cheap base salary. A win-win for all involved.