The 10 Most Expensive Defensive Units In The NHL

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Some GMs like to build their team with a lot of offensive punch (Washington Capitals), and others with a strong goalie tandem (Boston Bruins).But some GMs prefer to build their team with a very deep defensive corps. One month into the 2010-11 season, let’s have a look at the top 10 most expensive defensive brigades in the NHL and where their teams’ stand. 

I used the top seven defensemen of each team as a reference and took the financial numbers from CapGeek.com. Players on the long term injury list are included in the calculation.

This post originally appeared on Hockey Independent and is republished here by permission.

Boston Bruins – $18.58M (Record: 7-3-1, 15 points, 5th place in Eastern Conference)

Zdeno Chara -- $7.5 million
Dennis Seidenberg -- $3.25 million
Andrew Ference -- $2.25 million
Johnny Boychuk -- $1.875 million
Mark Stuart -- $1.675 million
Matt Hunwick -- $1.45 million
Adam McQuaid -- $575k

Pittsburgh Penguins – $19.11M (Record: 7-7-1, 15 points, 9th place in Eastern Conference)

Paul Martin -- $5 million
Zbynek Michalek -- $4 million
Brooks Orpik -- $3.75 million
Kristopher Letang -- $3.5 million
Alex Goligoski -- $1.83 million
Ben Lovejoy -- $525k
Deryk Engelland -- $500k

Montreal Canadiens – $20.25M (Record: 8-5-1, 17 points, 3rd place in Eastern Conference)

Andrei Markov -- $5.75 million
Roman Hamrlik -- $5.5 million
Jaroslav Spacek -- $3.83 million
Hal Gill -- $2.25 million
Josh Gorges -- $1.1 million
Ryan O'Byrne -- $942k
P.K. Subban -- $875k

Atlanta Thrashers – $21.06M (Record: 6-5-3, 15 points, 8th place in Eastern Conference)

Ron Hainsey -- $4.5 million
Tobias Enstrom -- $3.75 million
Johnny Oduya -- $3.5 million
Zach Bogosian -- $3.375 million
Dustin Byfuglien -- $3 million
Brent Sopel -- $2.33 million
Freddy Meyer -- $600k

Chicago Blackhawks – $21.29M (Record: 8-8-1, 17 points, 5th place in Western Conference)

Brian Campbell -- $7.14 million
Duncan Keith -- $5.54 million
Brent Seabrook -- $3.5 million
Niklas Hjalmarsson -- $3.5 million
Jordan Hendry -- $600k
John Scott -- $513k
Nick Boynton -- $500k

Calgary Flames – $21.59M (Record: 6-7-0, 12 points, 14th place in Western Conference)

Jay Bouwmeester -- $6.68 million
Robin Regehr -- $4.02 million
Cory Sarich -- $3.6 million
Ian White -- $3 million
Steve Staios -- $2.7 million
Mark Giordano -- $892k
Adam Pardy -- $700k

Detroit Red Wings – $21.83M (Record: 9-3-1, 19 points, 4th place in Western Conference)

Nicklas Lidstrom -- $6.2 million
Brian Rafalski -- $6 million
Brad Stuart -- $3.75 million
Niklas Kronwall -- $3 million
Ruslan Salei -- $1.1 million
Jonathan Ericsson -- $900k
Jakub Kindl -- $883k

Vancouver Canucks – $23.35M (Record: 8-3-2, 18 points, 3rd place in Western Conference)

Dan Hamhuis -- $4.5 million
Keith Ballard -- $4.2 million
Kevin Bieksa -- $3.75 million
Sami Salo (LTIR) -- $3.5 million
Alexander Edler -- $3.25 million
Christian Ehrhoff -- $3.1 million
Andrew Alberts -- $1.05 million

Toronto Maple Leafs – $24.28M (Record: 5-5-3, 13 points, 11th place in Eastern Conference)

Dion Phaneuf -- $6.5 million
Mike Komisarek -- $4.5 million
Tomas Kaberle -- $4.25 million
Francois Beauchemin -- $3.8 million
Luke Schenn -- $2.975 million
Brett Lebda -- $1.45 million
Carl Gunnarsson -- $800k

Philadelphia Flyers – $24,89M (Record: 9-4-2, 20 points, 2nd place in Eastern Conference)

Kimmo Timonen -- $6.33 million
Chris Pronger -- $4.92 million
Andrej Meszaros -- $4 million
Matt Carle -- $3.44 million
Braydon Coburn -- $3.2 million
Matt Walker -- $1.7 million
Sean O'Donnell -- $1.3 million

This list includes only some of the league's most overpaid players...

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