The 21 Highest-Paid Players In The NHL

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The NHL’s new collective bargaining agreement calls for an 8.4% drop in the salary cap, from $70.2 million this season to $64.3 million in 2013-14. That means we will see fewer big contracts for the players skating on ice.On the next few pages, we will look at some of the players that were lucky enough to cash-in before the new CBA (Salaries are prorated for the lockout-shortened season).

Of the 21 highest-paid players, 11 are centres, eight are defensemen, two are wingers, and none are goalies. Also, the Tampa Bay Lightning lead the way with three players on the list. Three other teams have a pair of players among the highest-paid.

#18t Steven Stamkos — $4,682,927

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning

Position: centre

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#18t Christian Ehrhoff — $4,682,927

Team: Buffalo Sabers

Position: Defenseman

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#18t Jason Spezza — $4,682,927

Team: Ottawa Senators

Position: centre

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#18t Duncan Keith — $4,682,927

Team: Chicago Blackhawks

Position: Defenseman

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#17 Mike Richards — $4,917,073

Team: Los Angeles Kings

Position: centre

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#16 Eric Staal — $4,975,610

Team: Carolina Hurricanes

Position: centre

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#14t Mattias Ohlund — $5,000,000

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning

Position: Defenseman

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#14t Ryan Kesler — $5,000,000

Team: Vancouver Canucks

Position: centre

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#12t Alex Ovechkin — $5,268,293

Team: Washington Capitals

Position: Left Wing

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#12t Evgeni Malkin — $5,268,293

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins

Position: centre

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#11 Brent Burns — $5,760,000

Team: San Jose Sharks

Position: Defenseman

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#10 Vincent Lecavalier — $5,853,659

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning

Position: centre

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#9 Ilya Kovalchuk — $6,439,024

Team: New Jersey Devils

Position: Left Wing

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#7t Anze Kopitar — $6,500,000

Team: Los Angeles Kings

Position: centre

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#7t Marc Savard — $6,500,000

Team: Boston Bruins

Position: centre

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#6 Daniel Briere — $7,000,000

Team: Philadelphia Flyers

Position: centre

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#3t Ryan Suter — $7,024,390

Team: Minnesota Wild

Position: Defenseman

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#3t Tyler Myers — $7,024,390

Team: Buffalo Sabers

Position: Defenseman

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#3t Brad Richards — $7,024,390

Team: New York Rangers

Position: centre

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#2 Chris Pronger — $7,200,000

Team: Philadelphia Flyers

Position: Defenseman

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#1 Shea Weber — $8,195,122

Team: Nashville Predators

Position: Defenseman

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