The 25 Highest-Paid NHL Players

By on October 27, 2017 in ArticlesEntertainment

The 25 highest-paid NHL players all make at least $8.5 million a season. The National Hockey League overall is in somewhat of a transition in regards to salary caps and how much top players are making. The latest collective bargaining agreement (CBA) in the league took effect in 2013. The previous CBA had a loophole that allowed teams to play some players more than they usually would under the salary cap. The loophole led to some salaries that were way more than others. That loophole has been closed and most salaries have been adjusted to be within each team's salary cap. However, a few of the highest-paid players in the NFL are still playing on deals that were made during the former CBA.

These are the 25 highest paid NHL players of the year:

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#25. Patrick Marleau — $8.5 million

Team: Toronto Maple Leafs

Position: Left Wing

Seasons: 19

All-Star games: 3

Contract: $18.75 million for 3 years

#24. Patrice Bergeron — $8.75 million

Team: Boston Bruins

Position: Center

Seasons: 13

All-Star games: 2

Contract: $55 million for 8 years

The following 11 people are all tied for 15th highest paid NHL player:

#15. Ryan O'Reilly — $9 million

Team: Buffalo Sabres

Position: Center

Seasons: 8

All-Star games: 1

Contract: $52.5 million for 7 years

Henrik Lundqvist — $9 million

Team: New York Rangers

Position: Goaltender

Seasons: 12

All-Star games: 3

Contract: $59.5 million for 7 years

Zach Parise — $9 million

Team: Minnesota Wild

Position: Left wing

Seasons: 12

All-Star games: 1

Contract: $98 million for 13 years

Ryan Suter — $9 million

Team: Minnesota Wild

Position: Defenseman

Seasons: 12

All-Star games: 1

Contract:  $98 million for 13 years

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Claude Giroux — $9 million

Team: Philadelphia Flyers

Position: Center

Seasons: 10

All-Star games: 4

Contract: $66.2 million for 8 years

Leon Draisaitl — $9 million

Team: Edmonton Oilers

Position: Center/Right wing

Seasons: 3

All-Star games: 0

Contract: $68 million for 6 years

Phil Kessel — $9 million

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins

Position: Right Wing

Seasons: 11

All-Star games: 3

Contract: $64 million for 8 years

Brent Seabrook — $9 million

Team: Chicago Blackhawks

Position: Defenseman

Seasons: 12

All-Star games: 1

Contract: $55 million for 8 years

Aaron Ekblad — $9 million

Team: Florida Panthers

Position: Defenseman

Seasons: 3

All-Star games: 2

Contract: $60 million for 8 years

#14. Ryan Getzlaf — $9.025 million

Team: Anaheim Ducks

Position: Center

Seasons: 12

All-Star games: 3

Contract: $66 million for 8 years

#12. Steven Stamkos — $9.5 million

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning

Position: Center

Seasons: 9

All-Star games: 4

Contract: $68 million for 8 years

#12. Evgeni Malkin — $9.5 million

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins

Position: Center

Seasons: 11

All-Star games: 4

Contract: $76 million for 8 years

The following 4 players are all tied for 8th highest paid:

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#8. Alex Ovechkin — $10 million

Team: Washington Capitals

Position: Left Wing

Seasons: 12

All-Star games: 8

Contract: $124 million for 13 years

Evgeny Kuznetsov — $10 million

Team: Washington Capitals

Position: Center

Seasons: 4

All-Star games: 1

Contract: $62.4 million for 8 years

Jakub Voracek — $10 million

Team: Philadelphia Flyers

Position: Right Wing

Seasons: 9

All-Star games: 1

Contract: $66 million for 8 years

Corey Perry — $10 million

Team: Anaheim Ducks

Position: Right Wing

Seasons: 12

All-Star games: 4

Contract: $69 million for 8 years

#7. Sidney Crosby — $10. 9 million

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins

Position: Center

Seasons: 12

All-Star games: 6

Contract: $104.4 million for 12 years

#6. P.K. Subban — $11 million

Team: Nashville Predators

Position: Defenseman

Seasons: 8

All-Star games: 2

Contract: $72 million for 8 years

#5. Shea Weber — $12 million

Team: Montreal Canadiens

Position: Defenseman

Seasons: 12

All-Star games: 6

Contract: $110 million for 14 years

#3. Anze Kopitar — $13 million

Team: Los Angeles Kings

Position: Center

Seasons: 11

All-Star games: 3

Contract: $80 million for 8 years

#3. Jamie Benn — $13 million

Team: Dallas Stars

Position: Left Wing

Seasons: 8

All-Star games: 2

Contract: $76 million for 8 years

#1. Jonathan Toews — $13.8 million

Team: Chicago Blackhawks

Position: Center

Seasons: 10

All-Star games: 6

Contract: $84 million for 8 years

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#1. Patrick Kane — $13.8 million

Team: Chicago Blackhawks

Position: Right Wing

Seasons: 10

All-Star games: 6

Contract: $84 million for 8 years

Articles Written by Amy Lamare
Amy Lamare is a Los Angeles based writer covering business, technology, entertainment, philanthropy, and pop culture. She spent 8 1/2 years covering the entertainment industry for www.hsx.com. She attended the University of Southern California where she majored in Creative Writing. An avid long distance runner, weekends she can be found running the streets of Los Angeles training for 1/2 and full marathons. Follow her on Facebook.
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