The Edmonton Oilers lost their first game under newly appointed head coach Kris Knoblauch on Saturday when they fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 6-4, and it was a costly loss indeed for the Oilers.
Not only did the Oilers lose the game, but Knoblauch's decision to insert veteran forward Connor Brown into the lineup also cost the Oilers when it comes to the National Hockey League's salary cap.
Oilers general manager Ken Holland signed Brown to a 1 year deal this summer that carries a very reasonable salary of $775,000, but attached to that deal also cames a massive bonus in the amount of $3.225 million. Brown would trigger that bonus by simply playing 10 games in the season, a mark that he reached on Saturday against the Lightning.
Brown, who has no goals, no assists, no points and no penalty minutes on the season has now cashed in on the full value of his contract, a whopping $4 million. To make matters worse Brown currently boasts a plus minus rating of -5 on the season, making this a difficult and bitter pill to swallow.
Many questioned Holland's decision to sign Brown to such a lucrative deal when the deal was inked inked back in July, and those questions will only get louder now that the decision will have such a profound impact on the Oilers cap hit.