The 25 Highest-Paid Players In The NHL

The NHL’s new collective bargaining agreement calls for an 8.4% drop in the salary cap this season
to $US64.3 million from $US70.2 milliona year ago.

On the next few pages, we will look at some of the players that were lucky enough to cash-in before the new CBA.

Of the 25 highest-paid players, 11 are centres, seven are defensemen, five are wingers, and two are goaltenders. Also, the Los Angeles Kings lead the way with three players on the list while six other teams have two players each.

#24t Drew Doughty -- $US6.7 million

TEAM: Los Angeles Kings

POSITION: Defenseman

CONTRACT: 8 years, $US56.0 million (2011-12 through 2018-19)

SALARY: $US6.7 million

CAP HIT*: $US7.0 million

*How much the player counts against his team's salary cap. The value represents the average annual value of the entire contract.

Data via spotrac.com

#24t Pavel Datsyuk -- $US6.7 million

TEAM: Detroit Red Wings

POSITION: Center

CONTRACT: 7 years, $US46.9 million (2007-08 through 2013-14)

SALARY: $US6.7 million

CAP HIT*: $US6.7 million

*How much the player counts against his team's salary cap. The value represents the average annual value of the entire contract.

Data via spotrac.com

#23 Roberto Luongo -- $US6.7 million

TEAM: Vancouver Canucks

POSITION: Goaltender

CONTRACT: 12 years, $US64.0 million (2010-11 through 2021-22)

SALARY: $US6.7 million

CAP HIT*: $US5.3 million

*How much the player counts against his team's salary cap. The value represents the average annual value of the entire contract.

Data via spotrac.com

#22 Patrick Marleau -- $US6.9 million

TEAM: San Jose Sharks

POSITION: Center

CONTRACT: 4 years, $US27.6 million (2010-11 through 2013-14)

SALARY: $US6.9 million

CAP HIT*: $US6.9 million

*How much the player counts against his team's salary cap. The value represents the average annual value of the entire contract.

Data via spotrac.com

#19t Pekka Rinne -- $US7.0 million

TEAM: Nashville Predators

POSITION: Goaltender

CONTRACT: 7 years, $US49.0 million (2012-13 through 2018-19)

SALARY: $US7.0 million

CAP HIT*: $US7.0 million

*How much the player counts against his team's salary cap. The value represents the average annual value of the entire contract.

Data via spotrac.com

#19t Michael Cammalleri -- $US7.0 million

TEAM: Calgary Flames

POSITION: Center

CONTRACT: 5 years, $US30.0 million (2009-10)

SALARY: $US7.0 million

CAP HIT*: $US6.0 million

*How much the player counts against his team's salary cap. The value represents the average annual value of the entire contract.

Data via spotrac.com

#19t Chris Pronger -- $US7.0 million

TEAM: Philadelphia Flyers

POSITION: Defenseman

CONTRACT: 7 years, $US34.6 million (2010-11 through 2016-17)

SALARY: $US7.0 million

CAP HIT*: $US4.9 million

NOTE: Pronger has not played since the 2011-12 season because of post-concussion syndrome

*How much the player counts against his team's salary cap. The value represents the average annual value of the entire contract.

Data via spotrac.com

#18 Brian Campbell -- $US7.1 million

TEAM: Florida Panthers

POSITION: Defenseman

CONTRACT: 8 years, $US57.1 million (2008-09 through 2015-16)

SALARY: $US7.1 million

CAP HIT*: $US7.1 million

*How much the player counts against his team's salary cap. The value represents the average annual value of the entire contract.

Data via spotrac.com

#17 Mikko Koivu -- $US7.3 million

TEAM: Minnesota Wild

POSITION: Center

CONTRACT: 7 years, $US47.3 million (2011-12 through 2017-18)

SALARY: $US7.3 million

CAP HIT*: $US6.8 million

*How much the player counts against his team's salary cap. The value represents the average annual value of the entire contract.

Data via spotrac.com

#14t Evgeni Malkin -- $US7.5 million

TEAM: Pittsburgh Penguins

POSITION: Center

CONTRACT: 5 years, $US43.5 million (2009-10 through 2013-14)

SALARY: $US7.5 million

CAP HIT*: $US8.7 million

*How much the player counts against his team's salary cap. The value represents the average annual value of the entire contract.

Data via spotrac.com

#14t Marian Gaborik -- $US7.5 million

TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets

POSITION: Right Wing

CONTRACT: 5 years, $US37.5 million (2009-10 through 2013-14)

SALARY: $US7.5 million

CAP HIT*: $US7.5 million

*How much the player counts against his team's salary cap. The value represents the average annual value of the entire contract.

Data via spotrac.com

#14t Anze Kopitar -- $US7.5 million

TEAM: Los Angeles Kings

POSITION: Center

CONTRACT: 7 years, $US47.6 million (2009-10 through 2015-16)

SALARY: $US7.5 million

CAP HIT*: $US6.8 million

*How much the player counts against his team's salary cap. The value represents the average annual value of the entire contract.

Data via spotrac.com

#13 Mike Richards -- $US7.6 million

TEAM: Los Angeles Kings

POSITION: Center

CONTRACT: 12 years, $US69.0 million (2008-09 through 2019-20)

SALARY: $US7.6 million

CAP HIT*: $US5.8 million

*How much the player counts against his team's salary cap. The value represents the average annual value of the entire contract.

Data via spotrac.com

#12 Duncan Keith -- $US7.7 million

TEAM: Chicago Blackhawks

POSITION: Defenseman

CONTRACT: 13 years, $US72.0 million (2010-11 through 2022-23)

SALARY: $US7.7 million

CAP HIT*: $US5.5 million

*How much the player counts against his team's salary cap. The value represents the average annual value of the entire contract.

Data via spotrac.com

#11 Henrik Zetterberg -- $US7.8 million

TEAM: Detroit Red Wings

POSITION: Left Wing

CONTRACT: 12 years, $US73.0 million (2009-10 through 2020-21)

SALARY: $US7.8 million

CAP HIT*: $US6.1 million

*How much the player counts against his team's salary cap. The value represents the average annual value of the entire contract.

Data via spotrac.com

#10 Rick Nash -- $US7.8 million

TEAM: New York Rangers

POSITION: Left Wing

CONTRACT: 8 years, $US62.4 million (2010-11 through 2017-18)

SALARY: $US7.8 million

CAP HIT*: $US7.8 million

*How much the player counts against his team's salary cap. The value represents the average annual value of the entire contract.

Data via spotrac.com

#9 Marian Hossa -- $US7.9 million

TEAM: Chicago Blackhawks

POSITION: Right Wing

CONTRACT: 12 years, $US63.3 million (2009-10 through 2020-21)

SALARY: $US7.9 million

CAP HIT*: $US5.3 million

*How much the player counts against his team's salary cap. The value represents the average annual value of the entire contract.

Data via spotrac.com

#7t Steven Stamkos -- $US8.0 million

TEAM: Tampa Bay Lightning

POSITION: Center

CONTRACT: 5 years, $US37.5 million (2011-12 through 2015-16)

SALARY: $US8.0 million

CAP HIT*: $US7.5 million

*How much the player counts against his team's salary cap. The value represents the average annual value of the entire contract.

Data via spotrac.com

#7t Zdeno Chara -- $US8.0 million

TEAM: Boston Bruins

POSITION: Defenseman

CONTRACT: 7 years, $US45.5 million (2011-12 through 2017-18)

SALARY: $US8.0 million

CAP HIT*: $US6.9 million

*How much the player counts against his team's salary cap. The value represents the average annual value of the entire contract.

Data via spotrac.com

#5t Brad Richards -- $US9.0 million

TEAM: New York Rangers

POSITION: Center

CONTRACT: 9 years, $US58.5 million (2011-12 through 2019-20)

SALARY: $US9.0 million

CAP HIT*: $US6.7 million

*How much the player counts against his team's salary cap. The value represents the average annual value of the entire contract.

Data via spotrac.com

#5t Alex Ovechkin -- $US9.0 million

TEAM: Washington Capitals

POSITION: Left Wing

CONTRACT: 13 years, $US124.0 million (2008-09 through 2020-21)

SALARY: $US9.0 million

CAP HIT*: $US9.5 million

*How much the player counts against his team's salary cap. The value represents the average annual value of the entire contract.

Data via spotrac.com

#4 Eric Staal -- $US9.3 million

TEAM: Carolina Hurricanes

POSITION: Center

CONTRACT: 7 years, $US57.8 million (2009-10 through 2015-16)

SALARY: $US9.3 million

CAP HIT*: $US8.3 million

*How much the player counts against his team's salary cap. The value represents the average annual value of the entire contract.

Data via spotrac.com

#2t Ryan Suter -- $US12.0 million

TEAM: Minnesota Wild

POSITION: Defenseman

CONTRACT: 13 years, $US98.0 million (2012-13 through 2024-25)

SALARY: $US12.0 million

CAP HIT*: $US7.5 million

*How much the player counts against his team's salary cap. The value represents the average annual value of the entire contract.

Data via spotrac.com

#2t Sidney Crosby -- $US12.0 million

TEAM: Pittsburgh Penguins

POSITION: Center

CONTRACT: 12 years, $US104.4 million (2013-14 through 2024-25)

SALARY: $US12.0 million

CAP HIT*: $US8.7 million

*How much the player counts against his team's salary cap. The value represents the average annual value of the entire contract.

Data via spotrac.com

#1 Shea Weber -- $US14.0 million

TEAM: Shea Weber

POSITION: Defenseman

CONTRACT: 14 years, $US110.0 million (2012-13 through 2025-26)

SALARY: $US14.0 million

CAP HIT*: $US7.9 million

*How much the player counts against his team's salary cap. The value represents the average annual value of the entire contract.

Data via spotrac.com

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