From Russia with rubles
Team salaries in the KHL
It seems that one of the ways that Russia's Continental Hockey League is trying to mimic the NHL is in salary disclosure, something the KHL did for the first time on its official website earlier this week:
For the first time in the history of Russian hockey withdrawn seal of secrecy on one of the most cherished secrets: salary fund hockey club.Time for someone to setup khlnumbers.com?
At Aug. 2, 2008, meeting of the Board of Directors of the Continental Hockey League (KHL), it was decided to disclose financial indicators League club on Oct. 1.
Never before has a salary budget of clubs been disclosed.
The league's salary cap is set at 620 million rubles, which is about $24-million (U.S.). Under Review does a nice job of converting all 24 team salaries to the U.S. dollar, something that gives you an idea of the inequity in the league's salary structure:
|6||Salavat Yulaev Ufa||$15.4-million|
|7||SKA Saint Petersburg||$15.4-million|
|8||Ak Bars Kazan||$15.3-million|
|11||Torpedo Nizhny Novg.||$12.8-million|
In other words, Sidney Crosby makes more dough than about 40 per cent of KHL teams. And I'm guessing there's no salary floor.
Some of the teams in the basement in terms of payroll are struggling in the standings. Khimik has a 2-8-2 record with only 20 goals scored in 12 games, while Dynamo Minsk has two regulation wins to go with an overtime and a shootout win (they're all counted separately in the KHL standings) in 13 games.
The plucky Latvian squad from Riga, however, is currently in sixth place in the league with six wins and only three regulation losses.
Alexei Morozov currently leads the league in scoring with 22 points in 12 games, while Jaromir Jagr is tied for third with 17 in 14 games. Also among the scoring leaders are former NHLers Magnus Johansson, Marcel Hossa and Alex Radulov.
Chris Simon, otherwise known as Kris Saymon, leads the KHL with 99 PIMs in 10 games.
Ray Emery, meanwhile, is one of the leading goaltenders in terms of save percentage (.927) and goals against average (2.19) but is splitting time with first-place Atlant. The league's full of former NHL netminders, including Jussi Markkanen, Mike Fountain, Tyler Moss, Robert Esche, Wade Dubielewicz, Mike Garnett and Mika Noronen (who has horrible numbers so far).
Some players playing the most minutes are familiar names, too: Kevin Dallman, Tomas Kloucek, Ben Clymer, Alexei Zhitnik and Vitali Vishnevski.
And that's been your KHL update.
UPDATE The KHL salaries have since been updated with some of the higher salaries and bonuses included, and Avangard is now over the $30-million mark.