Pietrangelo Maxes Out in Bonus Money
Alex Pietrangelo’s impressive first full NHL season is paying off in a big way as the talented D-man maxed out his A-level performance bonuses.
The are several categories a D-man can earn team bonuses including goals (10), assists (25), points (40), ice time (among top 4 on team), +/- (top 3 on team among D-men), blocked shots (among top 2 D-men on team), points per game (0.49 points per game).
An entry level player can negotiate these max bonuses before they sign their entry level deal and are awarded for their success on the ice. Pietrangelo took home $850,000 in bonus money in addition to his $875,000 playing salary. A high draft pick like Pietrangelo, who was drafted 4th overall back in 2008, is allowed to be paid bonuses for up to four categories at $212,500 per bonus. The King City, Ontario native reached bonuses for goals scored, assists, points, as well as ice time. He could have received bonuses for other categories but in a max bonus deal you can only be paid up to $850,000.
Pietrangelo completed the year with 11 goals, 32 assists, 43 points, with a plus-18, leading all Blues D-men in each category. He also led the team with 121 blocks. His 22:00 minute per game average was the third most among Blues D-men behind Eric Brewer and Erik Johnson who were both traded before the deadline.
There are rookie bonuses that Pietrangelo does not qualify for even though he just finished the first year of his entry level deal. He had played 17 career NHL games coming into the season over the two previous years which eliminates him from being named to the All-Rookie team or receiving Calder Trophy consideration.
To be eligible for the Calder, a player cannot have played more than 25 games in any previous season or in six or more games in any two previous seasons. There are also age restrictions that don’t come into play here. Pietrangelo played in eight games in 2008-2009 and nine last season before being sent back to the OHL.
Habs D-man PK Subban as well as Caps D-man John Carlson both are considered NHL rookies. Coming into this season Subban had two NHL regular season games and 14 playoff games on his resume. Carlson on the other hand played 22 regular season games and seven in the playoffs last season.
It’s a relatively goofy rule but I got over it a long time ago. I can understand why it does bother some people to the extent that it does. On the surface it makes little sense.
Pietrangelo is now focused on representing Canada at the upcoming World Championships in Slovakia. Hockey Canada will stop in Paris, France for a few days to hold a training camp. I love how hockey Canada allows heir players to bring over a family member as Pietrangelo’s dad is coming along for the trip. No one can ever accuse Canada of not doing it right when it comes to how they handle their players and families.
Shattenkirk, Berglund, take home bonus money as well.
Blues D-man Kevin Shattenkirk and forwards Patrik Berglund each reached certain performance bonuses as well although not to the extent of Pietrangelo.
Both Shattenkirk and Berglund walk away with $425,000 in bonus money, the maximum negotiated in each of their contracts. Berglund reached bonuses for goals scored and ice time.
Shattenkirk on the other hand would have maxed out in the same fashion as Pietrangelo but can only be paid for two “A” bonuses as negotiated in his contract. These are the subtle differences between going fourth in the draft and 14th where Shattenkirk was selected.
The Blues are extremely excited about having a kid like Shattenkirk in their organization. He’s a great kid who has a bright future with this hockey club. His leadership skills have gone under the radar but will be talked about more once he gets a full season under his belt with the Blues. He’s a former Captain with the U-18 national team, the U-20 World Junior team, as well as the Captain of Boston University. The 22 year old has enrolled in summer classes at BU were he hopes to complete a degree in Business.
Each of these bonuses are paid out by the team.
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