In the time between when they lifted the trophy in 2012 and again last week, the NHL’s playoff bonus pool was doubled to $13 million as part of the new collective bargaining agreement. What that means for the Kings is that they will soon receive $3.75 million to distribute among themselves.
Precisely how that money is split up varies from team to team — roster sizes aren’t consistent and some choose to include Black Aces in their winning share — but every Kings regular can expect to receive in excess of $100,000 following an historical playoff run.
Every team in the playoffs gets some form of bonus money. The New York Rangers, for their Eastern Conference Final win, received $2.25 million, which hopefully will go directly to Henrik Lundqvist’s chiropractor after all that spinal trauma while carrying the team for four rounds.
The Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks get $1.25 million each, or one Brandon Bollig. The second round losers get $500,000 each while teams that lost in the first round receive $250,000.
We’re sure that $12,000 apiece will be a nice silver lining for the San Jose Sharks. Or probably not.