Morning Free Association: Playoff Compensation

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The other day, The London Bear asked a question about player compensation during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The short answer is, yes players do receive a bonus that is dependent on where their exit in the playoffs. However the longer answer requires a closer examination.

In Article 28 of the current CBA drafted in 2013, the playoff “player fund” is a predetermined amount of money.

Article 28

That fund is partly set up by teams handing over 35% of their gate receipts of the previous season’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The CBA has a surprising amount of pages devoted to accounting. Maybe it shouldn’t be surprising to most people as it is a binding contract, but for those of us who would much rather read a book on the concept of zero rather than anything regarding accounting practices, it is a huge amount of lawyer talk with the adding and subtracting money.

Anyway, this season’s prize pot is $17 million dollars. How does that get divvied up? That’s an excellent question.

According to some numbers out on the internet, last year’s bonus pool of $16 million was divided up in the following way:

President’s Trophy Winner: $500,000
First-round exit (8 teams): $2.6 million ($325,000)
Second-round exit (4 teams): $2.6 million ($650,000)
Conference Championship (2 teams): $1.6 million ($800,000)
Stanley Cup Finalist: $3 million
Stanley Cup Winner: $4.9 million

That only accounts for most of the money, presumably there is a bonus for being named winner of the Conn Smythe. This year, the numbers would be slightly different.

So, that’s the bonus structure to teams. Each team has the right to distribute the bonuses as they see fit but it seems that typically they get divided up pretty evenly.

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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. With Stay at Home happening it’s been fun to see the wildlife reemerge. I’ve seen Punxsutawney Phil run across the yard a few times. And yesterday a family of pheasant looking things were wandering about the yard. Looked like little velociraptors from far away. Had the Jurassic Park theme stuck in my head.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Definitely the critters have become bolder since lockdown. Just goes to show it wouldn’t take them long to reclaim the land if humans disappeared!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

We’ve got some kind of bird that likes to hang out under our deck – haven’t gotten a good look because they’re so skittish.

There’s turkeys hanging around just out of sight – I think one of our abutting neighbor’s trees holds a roost. We heard the cardinals chattering last night:
“*chip* *chip* *St Francis argued that embracing nature was a veneration of God and therefore a core Catholic value* *chip* *chip*”
Every now & then we hear the neighborhood owl.

Deer activity has been a slight thing. There’s a also a constant rustling of squirrels & chipmunks.

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When I first saw the pheasant/little velocirpators their heads were down and I was positive it was a herd of aardvarks.

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Anonymous

Anonymous aardvarks!

Stripes
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Stripes

Good name for a hockey team!

Stripes
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Stripes

Could be a Phoebe under your porch. If it sits on a branch and Bob’s it’s tail, probably Phoebe. Their call is a raspy two syllable something like “fee bee”…I think it sounds more like “read it”

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Mornin all

Wow, that’s a fantastic explanation of how it all works. Answered all of my questions, thank you for that.

That zero book sounds an interesting, if mind boggling read! Reminds me of something i read while back – there’s no such thing as dark, it’s just the absence of light energy, and no such thing as cold, which is just the absence of heat energy. Although the natural state of things is dark and very cold unless acted on by energy…
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Scorching hot today (by my standards). I will be lighting the bbq later!

I’ve resisted the temptation of the spirits aisle on the weekly shop the last few weeks, but today the lady who I also shop for gave me a bottle Buffalo Trace bourbon when I dropped off her stuff. I’ll interpret that as the universe telling me it’s OK to indulge this time!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

and no such thing as cold

Clearly that person has never experienced a Vermont winter! lol

Thank You Booze is definitely the universe’s way of saying have a drop!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Buffalo Trace is quite tasty – I was skeptical until I had a bottle.

Stripes
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Stripes

Good enough sign for me!!! I’m thinking of drinking more soon!

Stripes
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Stripes

Update on Mac….. Jo’s mom seems to have beaten the Covid, but she is depressed, will not eat (hasn’t had a bite in weeks), and probably won’t last long. Hospice is putting her on morphine. Jo is sad, of course, but has done everything possible.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Oh that is sad to hear. Had been meaning to ask how Mac was. Best wishes to all.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I’m so sorry. Hopefully Mac is as comfortable as possible. Keeping you and Jo in my thoughts.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Oh dear. That’s rough. I’m still pulling for her, FWIW.

Stripes
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Stripes

I was hesitant to give news as she has been so up and down

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Good Morning!
Wow! Thanks for all that info, GH! It’s still hard to imagine what this year’s playoffs will look like, depends on the playoff structure, number of rounds, etc.
Back in Connecticut this morn. Got to get out and work!!

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Quaider4ever

And now, I need to read Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea