Saturday’s 5-2 win by the Florida Panthers over the Tampa Bay Lightning was their 48th game of the season, one that gave them two points and a continued lead in the Atlantic Division.
The win was also pretty big for Jaromir Jagr, who suited up for his 45th game of the season. With the 43-year old hitting the ice against the defending Eastern Conference champions, he triggered a clause in his contract that gave him an extra $1.5 million as part of the one-year extension he signed last April.
But that’s not the only bonus Jagr could earn this season.
That brings his guaranteed salary for 2015-16 to a total of $5 million and his career earnings north of $130 million. He can earn an additional $200,000 this season for hitting set point plateaus and $205,000 if the Panthers win two playoff rounds - the latter of which seems infinitely more possible now than it did when he signed the deal last April.
The bonus structure is similar to one he had while with the New Jersey Devils, with the 45-game mark being the magic number.
No word on if Jagr has an All-Star Game bonus in his deal. Though, given his wishy-washy nature about the whole event, probably not.
“We have 30 games left and I need to be ready for them,” Jagr said over the weekend, via the Miami Herald’s George Richards, before he decided he would be going to Music City this weekend.
Jagr is tied with Reilly Smith with 15 goals for first on the Panthers and is second on the team in points with 33. He’s remained relatively healthy this season, continues to produce and is is approaching several NHL milestones. Despite the lack of extension talks with GM Dale Tallon, it’s only a matter of time before pen is put to paper and we’re talking about Jagr (and his incoming mullet) playing into 2017.
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