The #Blackhawks signed ’23 #1 pick Connor Bedard to 3 year Entry Level Deal. It includes the maximum:
NHL Salary 855K
Signing Bonus 95K
“A” Perf Bonus $1M
“B” Perf Bonus $2.5M
Cap Hit 950K, AAV $4.45M
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It’s now been almost three weeks since Connor Bedard was selected at the very top of the draft. The forward, seen as a generational prospect, has joined the Chicago Blackhawks and will be looking to lift the club out of the bottom half of the standings.
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Like the other first-round picks, Bedard’s cap hit will be $950,000 for all three seasons. For a guy like Bedard, this will quickly become a bargain and he should produce well beyond his salary.
But even if he only has a salary of $855,000 and a guaranteed signing bonus of $95,000, there’s also a scenario in which Bedard will earn no less than $4.45 million this season: that’s if he receives the full performance bonus on his contract.
Bedard’s contract (like many entry-level contracts) includes two types of performance bonuses: Type A bonuses and Type B bonuses. Basically, each Type A bonus is worth $250,000 (and he can receive up to four), while the Type B bonus is a single bonus (which, in Bedard’s case, is worth $2.5 million).
Connor Bedard’s goal total for his rookie season is set at 32.5 on @FanDuelCanada. 🚨
How many goals will he score this year? 🥅 pic.twitter.com/Lb0tnLhN6C
– TSN EDGE (@TSN_Edge) July 17, 2023
Otherwise, if he plays at least 42 games, other possibilities are added: being in the top-6 of his team’s forwards for average playing time, being in the top-3 of his team’s forwards for +/- differential and scoring 0.73 points per game.
If he achieves four of these marks (which seems quite likely), he’ll get the $1 million in Type A bonuses to which he’s entitled.
For Type B bonuses (and the $2.5 million that comes with them), however, he’ll have to be among the NHL’s top forwards. Bedard will have to be among the league’s top-10 forwards in goals, assists or points. And if he plays at least 42 games, he can also be in the top-10 for points per game.
We’re talking about much more improbable plateaus, but he only needs to reach one of them to collect all the money.
In short, even though Bedard has only $950,000 in guaranteed money for this year, he has the potential to make quite a bit more. And even if he gets the full $4.45 million, it’ll still be quite a bargain in Chicago.
In a gaggle
– Speaking of Bedard.
How many points will Connor Bedard score in his first year in the NHL?
– BPM Sports (@BPMSportsRadio) July 17, 2023
– Good question.
Call your shot. 🗣️ pic.twitter.com/Wtt79CqQdJ
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– The Golden Goal, clearly.
There’s no shortage of ideas! ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/0D9mrPv8oF
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) July 17, 2023
The starting rotation, relief bullpen and left-handed catcher and outfielder positions are targeted. https://t.co/vdcBmax9qw
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) July 17, 2023