The salary caps in the National Hockey League change every season, putting a control over the amount of money each player can receive from the team owners. This year’s cap is worth $56.8 million, which divides into $11.36 million per player. >
According to the players association in the NHL, there will be 83 athletes who will be able to earn at least $5 million this year. It’s a considerable increase from the 74 players last season. Here are the top earners among hockey players in 2010, with most of them sharing the same amount with another.
- Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay $10 million
- Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh $9 million
- Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh $9 million
- Alex Ovechkin, Washington $9 million
- Chris Drury, New York Rangers $8.05 million
- Daniel Briere, Philadelphia $8 million
- Scott Gomez, Montreal $8 million
- Dany Heatley, San Jose $8 million
- Wade Redden, New York Rangers $8 million
- Jason Spezza, Ottawa $8 million
At the top of the list is Vincent Lecavalier, who was the top pick during the NHL Draft in 1998. His early promise in the NHL created comparisons with Michael Jordan’s performance in raising the level of the game. Lecavalier is on his 11-year extended contract with Tampa Bay Lightning, which ends in 2019-20 season.
The youngest captain in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup, second-placer Sidney Crosby steered the Pittsburgh Penguins to victory in 2009. He also scored the winning goal in the 2010 Winter Olympics, giving Canada its gold medal in the event. He, along with teammate Evgeni Malkin, earns as much as $9 million. Alex Ovechkin, captain of the Washington Capitals, joins them in 2nd place.
Maintaining a sole position at 5th place is Chris Drury who plays for the New York Rangers as its captain. He’s a consistent hockey player since his university days when he swept both Hobey Baker and Calder Memorial plums, a feat that remains unsurpassed in the game’s history.