When Ilya Kovalchuk was named a second-team all-star at the NHL awards ceremonies in Toronto on Thursday, he earned a $350,000 bonus.While his combined salary and signing bonus for the first three seasons of his entry-level contract was limited to $3.39 million, Kovalchuk earned an estimated $14 million over the life of the deal, Thrashers general manager Don Waddell and Kovalchuk's agent said.Kovalchuk earned $4.26 million this season, including $3.13 million in bonuses.To Jay Grossman, Kovalchuk's representative, Kovalchuk's ability to reap more than $10 million in bonuses is proof of his uniqueness. He said the system is fair because Kovalchuk earned the large bonuses with his outstanding performance.But as the NHL prepares to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement, leaving the start of next season uncertain, some say entry-level contracts are out of control and play a significant role in the league's many labor woes. Full Story Here: http://tinyurl.com/3c43hFuskieWho does not agree with bonuses tied to actions that are normal to the game, such as scoring power play and game winning goals...
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