Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/13/11 at 10:52 AM ET
from Damian Cox of the Toronto Star,
The NHL has informed the Maple Leafs they will be fined an undisclosed amount for violating the league’s salary cap rules after head coach Ron Wilson rewarded his players with a small cash bonus after winning his 600th game in San Jose on Tuesday.
Part of the cap system instituted in 2005 was intended to make sure there were no more side deals between teams and players that were not specifically part of the Standard Player Contract. Teams used to routinely keep unofficial agreements “in the drawer” that allowed players benefits, cash or otherwise, that the league never knew about.
Article 26 of the current collective bargaining agreement states clearly “Neither a Club nor a Club Actor may pay or provide a Player anything of value except as provided in his (contract).”
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