Two Bonuses Cost Capitals Just Under $500,000 In 2021-22 Salary Cap Space

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According to Washington Capitals senior writer Mike Vogel, the team has been charged $472,972 against their salary cap for the 2021-22 season after defenseman Zdeno Chara and goaltender Ilya Samsonov achieved bonuses this past season. In that instance, the Capitals currently have $9,018,695 in salary cap space for next season.

The two (Samsonov – restricted free agent, Chara – unrestricted free agent) in addition to captain Alex Ovechkin (UFA) and left wing Michael Raffl (UFA) are in need of new contracts.

The team will lose a player in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft, which should help gain some more cap relief.

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7 Responses to Two Bonuses Cost Capitals Just Under $500,000 In 2021-22 Salary Cap Space

  1. David Watts says:

    Is Samsonovs bonus for the most games missed due to Covid?

  2. Scottlew73 says:

    I think Chara’s bonus was he beat goalies skating forward at a practice & Samsonov’s was for not testing positive for something 3 weeks consecutively!! Apparently Caps capologist was asleep that day in class when they taught that bonus’ will be included!! Better hope every Rfa & Hfa are going to take “HUGE Hometown Discounts” or team will be more screwed! But good GM would’ve already know that.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah, if they could only include contract penalties/deductions for certain events. Paying him a bonus that hits our tight salary cap situation is a punch to the gut.

  3. Ken P says:

    Chara’s Bonus was Games Played & Playoff qualification. He also had a winning Cup bonus. Can’t find what Sami got

  4. Anonymous says:

    Every penny counts with a flat cap.

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