Morning Free Association: More RFAs Signed

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Yesterday, the Boston Bruins announced the signings of two of their RFA forwards to one-year, two-way deals.

Cameron Hughes, who played in the last game of the season against the Washington Capitals, signed a deal worth $750,000 at the NHL level. No word on how much the AHL level will pay. Last season for Providence, he played in 25 games with 5G, 16A for 21 points with 14 PIM. After this extension is up, he will still be an RFA.

The real surprise is signing Joona Koppanen to a similar deal. Last season while there was a delay in the AHL, he was loaned to his juniors team KooVee in the second highest men’s league, Mestis, where he played in 10 games going 6-11-17. From there, he was loaned to Ilves in the highest tier in Finnish hockey, Liiga, where he played in 13 games for 3-2-5. Back in Providence, he played in 21 games with 3 goals and 3 assists. Koppanen was drafted in 2016 and the team would really like to see some results but he was not called up to the Boston Bruins last season. At 23, he’ll still be a RFA when his deal is done.

As of this writing, CapFriendly didn’t have details on the deals.

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Morning all. Can I has a nap now?

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Good morning!
Okay, formalities over … TB repeats. Let’s move along, people. Nothing to see here. Just my opinion, but the Habs never would have been able to go to the SCF in a normal alignment. Hey, it’s good for Canada. It used to be their game, remember?
Went to my swimming hole at dusk last night. Got cooled down, had a nice fire, and hunkered down for the big thunderstorm. It was a real gullywasher, as a local weather guy used to say. Tent stood up like that third pig’s house and I was asleep before the storm ended. Living rough ain’t so bad!
Tarashenko wants to be traded. Signed at 7.5 mil for the next two years. Anyone interested?

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Bet it was noisy in the tent during a storm! Is there much insect noise there? In the countryside in Slovakia it’s deafening with crickets and things at night.

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mostly wind and river for noise at night. Owls and a few crickets. A bit loud during the storm, but fun

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the Habs never would have been able to go to the SCF in a normal alignment.

I suppose not. In a normal alignment they would have played Tampa or Boston instead of Edmonton/Winnipeg, almost certainly losing to either (assuming Carlo remains healthy in Boston’s case). Tampa still is the team that goes to conference final. But I didn’t think MTL’s odds vs Vegas were very good and they got through that.

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Morning,

So England have made it to the final of the kicky-ball tournament. That means much more work for me, but probably a bunch more advertising revenue for the company, which I guess is good. It also almost inevitably means another superspreader event but the government seem to have decided those don’t matter any more.

a deal worth $750,000 at the NHL level

So how does it work? Presumably he wouldn’t get that money if he isn’t dressed for an NHL match next season – so is it pro-ratad or does he get the full amount if he plays a certain number of games?

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I was sure it was the $50 guitar project before Covid. Must have been some inflation as it’s the $100 guitar project now. grin

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Congrats to England for keeping you employed!

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It also almost inevitably means another superspreader event but the government seem to have decided those don’t matter any more.

Kind of like how Tokyo is in a state of emergency and the Olympics start in two weeks.
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Just got a news alert on my phone that it’s going ahead without spectators. I don’t know whether that’s better than just calling it off at this point but I guess there’s lots of sponsorship dinero involved

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Presumably he wouldn’t get that money if he isn’t dressed for an NHL match next season – so is it pro-ratad or does he get the full amount if he plays a certain number of games?

Both Hughes & Koppanen have 2-way deals, so they are each paid $750k if they were on the NHL roster for 82 games, but $100k or $80k respectively if they were in the minors for the entire season. It’s pro-rated,on a per-game basis I think, so if you are on the roster for 1 NHL game, you get 1/82 of the $750k.
I’d have to re-read the CBA for more detail than that (e.g. is there a difference between ‘in the lineup’ or ‘called up’, is the pay period bi-weekly and what does that mean if you are called up for 1 game out of 5 played by the team, etc.)

I assume that one can get paid for 83+ games if you get called up and the AHL & NHL schedules are mismatched (called up for a Mon & Wed game, sent back in time for the AHL’s Sat, Sun schedule, play 4 games in a calendar week instead of the 2-3 for either league)