Nothing can beat the feeling of winning a Stanley Cup. Skating out on the ice and each teammate gets a chance to hold the trophy above their heads for a lap around the ice.
However, an extra $3.7 million for the Los Angeles Kings to split among themselves is an excellent addition to the celebrations.
The Kings will be able to split their share of the bonus as they see fit, however each member is looking to see at least $100,000. No rules are created regarding how the money is divided up due to roster lineups being inconsistent and some teams wish to include Black Aces in the winning share.
The NHL’s total bonus pool for the playoffs has doubled in the past couple of years to $13 million. Splitting the $13 million isn’t all that much after splitting it among all participants, especially when thinking about how much the NHL brings in during the postseason, but it is continuously growing. According to Sportsnet, the pool will be distributed as follows:
- President’s Trophy winner (Boston): $500,000
- First round losers (Colorado, Dallas, San Jose, St. Louis, Columbus, Detroit, Tampa, Philadelphia): $250,000 each
- Second round losers (Minnesota, Anaheim, Pittsburgh, Boston): $500,000 each
- Third round losers (Chicago, Montreal): $1.25 million each
- Stanley Cup finalist (N.Y. Rangers): $2.25 million
- Stanley Cup champion (Los Angeles): $3.75-million
The total playoff pool is expected to grow to $17 million for next season before the CBA expires and none of this monetary compensation will affect the salary cap of a team.