Why would they prorate anything for a year he is fully playing? That's what the average annual salary cap is for. The first year is an exception due to the oddity of not having the contract from the beginning of the year.
Bonuses don't effect cap hit. How the bonuses are structured are irrelevant to the cap hit.Article lists it properly, including the bonuses being fudged in the first 2 years to allow the remaining 4 years @ only 6 mil cash vs a 6.9 mil salary:
If Nylander signed before the season started, they couldn't have fudged the real cash numbers vs cap hit like they did. They would've been locked to 7 mil per year, every year, cash on cap hit 1 to 1.
They didn't fudge the numbers. Again I ask you. How much do you think the leafs and Nylander agreed that he should be paid over a 6 year contract at the beginning of the season?