Friday, August 15, 2008

The NHL's salary structure
Part 3: Pay by position

This one is pretty self-explanatory.

Note that I'm including only players that played in 20 games in the three postlockout seasons, which is why netminders are higher than you might see elsewhere (i.e. little-used backups need not apply):

Twenty-two netminders will make $3-million or more next season, a big jump from 2005-06 when only 10 were at that mark or higher.

Highest cap hit goaltenders


1 Khabibulin, Nikolai $6,75-mil
Lundqvist, Henrik $ 6,87-mil
2 Theodore, Jose $5,33-mil
Khabibulin, Nikolai $ 6,75-mil
3 Brodeur, Martin $5,23-mil
Luongo, Roberto $ 6,75-mil
4 Kolzig, Olaf $4,94-mil
Giguere, J-S $ 6-mil
5 Belfour, Ed $4,52-mil
Kiprusoff, Miikka $ 5,83-mil
6 Giguere, J-S $3,99-mil
Turco, Marty $ 5,7-mil
7 Nabokov, Evgeni $3,36-mil
Vokoun, Tomas $ 5,7-mil
8 Kiprusoff, Miikka $3,33-mil
Huet, Cristobal $ 5,62-mil
9 Luongo, Roberto $3,2-mil
Nabokov, Evgeni $ 5,37-mil
10 Turco, Marty $3,16-mil
Brodeur, Martin $ 5,2-mil

Highest cap hit defencemen


1 Lidstrom, Nicklas $ 7,6-mil
Chara, Zdeno $ 7,5-mil
2 Niedermayer, Scott $ 6,75-mil
Lidstrom, Nicklas $ 7,45-mil
3 Blake, Rob $ 6,36-mil
Campbell, Brian $ 7,13-mil
4 Pronger, Chris $ 6,25-mil
Niedermayer, Scott $ 6,75-mil
5 Gonchar, Sergei $ 5-mil
Boyle, Dan $ 6,66-mil
6 Foote, Adam $ 4,6-mil
Jovanovski, Ed $ 6,5-mil
7 Rafalski, Brian $ 4,2-mil
Redden, Wade $ 6,5-mil
8 Zubov, Sergei $ 4-mil
Phaneuf, Dion $ 6,5-mil
9 Leetch, Brian $ 4-mil
Timonen, Kimmo $ 6,33-mil
10 Aucoin, Adrian $ 4-mil
Pronger, Chris $ 6,25-mil

Highest cap hit forwards


1 Jagr, Jaromir $ 7,8-mil
Ovechkin, Alex $ 9,53-mil
2 Yashin, Alexei $ 7,41-mil
Crosby, Sidney $ 8,7-mil
3 Iginla, Jarome $ 7-mil
Richards, Brad $ 7,8-mil
4 Lecavalier, Vinny $ 6,87-mil
Heatley, Dany $ 7,5-mil
5 Guerin, Bill $ 6,73-mil
Hossa, Marian $ 7,45-mil
6 Thornton, Joe $ 6,66-mil
Gomez, Scott $ 7,35-mil
7 Sakic, Joe $ 6,66-mil
Thornton, Joe $ 7,2-mil
8 Kovalchuk, Ilya $ 6,38-mil
Vanek, Thomas $ 7,14-mil
9 Sundin, Mats $ 6,33-mil
Drury, Chris $ 7,05-mil
10 Fedorov, Sergei $ 6,08-mil
Spezza, Jason $ 7-mil

Iginla, Jarome $ 7-mil

Let me know if I've erred anywhere.

It's interesting to see how many different names are on the board, three years later. A lot of recent big paydays leading the pack now.



At 8:42 a.m., August 15, 2008, Anonymous Rachael said...

Good post James, but I have to say it kind of sickens me as a fan. I had to sit through a year of no hockey and then watch ticket prices consistently go up over the last 3 years so salaries could become so bloated???!!!

At 10:34 a.m., August 15, 2008, Blogger Adam C said...

I find it very interesting that while the names changed and the gap between 1 and 10 narrowed significantly, the top end remains the same. I guess this is partly the result of outsized legacy contracts like Khabibulin, but still...

I'm also still amazed that there really were fans who thought that the lockout was about ticket prices. Prices are set by market supply and demand, and no CBA will ever change them.

At 5:16 p.m., August 15, 2008, Blogger cferneyh said...

I'm also still amazed that there really were fans who thought that the lockout was about ticket prices. Prices are set by market supply and demand, and no CBA will ever change them.

Whaaaaaaaaaaaat? Gary lied to us? I thought the lockout was about keeping tickets affordable so that "average" fans could go to games, and not at all about protecting owners from their own stupidity.

At 10:26 a.m., August 18, 2008, Anonymous Rachael said...

Adam - I knew the lockout wasn't about ticket prices. That doesn't mean I still can't be p*ssed when they're raised.


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