What players earn top dollar?
Sidney Crosby earns $12 million in salary this season from the Pittsburgh Penguins. It is the not the biggest salary in the game, but Sid the Kid remains the NHL’s most marketable player resulting in endorsement and memorabilia income of $4.5 million. His total earnings, including off-ice income, of $16.5 million makes Crosby the NHL’s highest-paid player.
Crosby and Alex Ovechkin are among a very small group of players that earn $1 million off the ice. The rest of the NHL relies on their playing contracts for nearly all of their incomes. The 10 highest-paid players derived 90 per cent of their earnings from playing salaries and the ratio is even higher for the rest of the league. Take Shea Weber, who has the NHL’s highest salary this season at $14 million, but does almost nothing off the ice endorsement-wise. He is hampered by playing in small market Nashville, which is hardly a hockey hotbed. But Weber signed a front-loaded $110 million, 14-year contract with the Predators before the 2012-13 season. The deal pays $14 million in each of the first four years. The agreement for the Nashville captain came after the Philadelphia Flyers signed Weber to a $110 million offer sheet in July 2012. The Predators had seven days to match the deal, which they eventually did.
Read on to see who are hockey's top 10 highest earners both on and off the ice.