Kopitar and Doughty Have Earned Bonuses, Awards May Follow Tonight

Kopitar-Anze-LA-Kings-NHL-hockeyRight after actor Colin Hanks presents the Ted Lindsay Award (most outstanding player as voted by the players) to Jamie Benn, Alex Ovechkin, or Carey Price at tonight’s NHL Awards, the Los Angeles Kings could see a pair of their players win back-to-back awards. The second and third awards to be handed out will be the Selke Trophy and Norris Trophy.

Anze Kopitar is one of three finalists for the Selke, along with Patrice Bergeron and Jonathan Toews. He’s also nominated for the Lady Byng Trophy, which is scheduled to be handed out much later in the evening.

With his second career nomination, Drew Doughty could finally hear his name called when Pat LaFontaine announces this year’s Norris Trophy winner. However, he is facing some pretty steep competition from Erik Karlsson and P.K. Subban.

Regardless of the outcome, both players are already in line for some bonus money. Per the CBA, the top five vote getters for the Hart, Norris, Vezina, Selke and Richard Trophies earn the following bonuses:

$250K Winner
$200K Second place
$150K Third place
$100K Fourth place
$50K Fifth place

Kopitar will also earn a bonus for being one of the three finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy, where the payouts are:

$150K Winner
$100K Second place
$50K Third place

Doughty is also guaranteed at least one other bonus, as he finished second in ice time per game (28:59 to Ryan Suter’s 29:03), which will land him $90K.

On top of all the above listed bonus payouts, any player named to the official NHL All-Star Team also earns a bonus. Those players will be announced later tonight – and certainly could include Kopitar and/or Doughty – with 1st Team All-Stars getting $100K and 2nd Team All-Stars $50K.

Thus, if everything landed Kopitar’s way tonight, he could claim a half-a-million dollars in bonus money. Not a bad night in Las Vegas, eh?

As a reminder, the Awards ballots are due before the first game of the playoffs begin, so the Blackhawks winning the Cup will have no bearing on anything. If you’d like to see our take on each trophy, including how should win and why, click here.

POST AWARD SHOW UPDATE

Anze Kopitar finished third in Selke voting ($150K) and 3rd in voting for the Lady Byng ($50k).  Kopitar’s two third place finishes helped him pocket an extra $200K.

Drew Doughty finished second in voting for the Norris Trophy ($200K) and was named a Second Team All-Star ($50k).  Along with the $90K bonus for finishing second in defensemen ice time Doughty made himself an extra $340K from the NHL.

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