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If anybody out there in Merrimack College hockey land is wondering why Stephane Da Costa would leave the school after his sophomore season, I’ve got the answer:
He just signed for some big cash.
While it appears he will get about $900,000 per season, if you include reachable bonuses that doubles that figure.
Here was a report out of CBC Sports in Canada on the contract he was expected to sign.

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What really might determine his final destination is Da Costa’s willingness to be flexible. His contract structure will be the same as those taken in the 2010 entry draft: a $900,000 base salary; eligible for up to $2.85 million in bonuses. Since the 2011-12 NHL season is the last in this current CBA – unless there’s a surprise extension by July 1 – all player bonuses count immediately.

Therefore, if Da Costa took the full bonus structure, he’d have a $3.75-million cap hit for next season – just like Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin for example. That would probably prevent him from signing with, say, Boston or Pittsburgh. So if he really wants to go to one of those teams, he’ll have to drop some of those bonuses.

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