For some National Hockey League players, they’ll be tested both on and off the ice this weekend.
The league, devoid of a drug policy until the new collective bargaining agreement was signed in July, will begin random testing this Sunday.
“I know I’ve been constantly watching what I put into my body,” Edmonton Oilers defenceman Chris Pronger told the Globe and Mail Wednesday. “I think this process has us on edge because it’s not an exact science.”
By season’s end, Ovechkin stands to receive more than praise. He can also double, even quadruple, his salary.
The 20-year-old Moscow native is eligible for $2.85 million in incentives, the maximum the league allows teams to pay out under the new collective bargaining agreement for rookies. His base salary, including signing bonus, is $984,200, also the most allowed.
“There’s not much more for me to accomplish,” the former Tampa Bay Lightning captain told reporters on Thursday.
“Things just didn’t work out for me this year, but I have no regrets. I feel like I went right to the end until someone else told me it was enough.”
Also in this article is a bit of help on the NHL salary cap:
A provision in the NHL’s new collective bargaining agreement states that for players over the age of 35 under multi-year deals, any year after the first season counts against the salary cap regardless of the individual’s playing status.