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The National Hockey League (NHL) is a professional ice hockey competition in United States. NHL is one of the major professional sports leagues in Canada and United States. In the article of top 10 highest paid NHL players, we are about to present the top ice hockey players both in United States and Canada. The game of ice hockey is also widespread in European countries like Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Czech Republic, and the countries which have similar weather condition. Like baseball, basketball and American Football, NHL has a huge viewership all over the world. The NHL players earn a huge amount of salaries from the teams and their endorsements. They are not only known for their earnings, also famous for their incredible techniques with the hockey sticks.
Sporty Ghost team have took the initiative to enlist the top 10 highest paid NHL players. All these NHL players have various income sources and earn a substantial amount of money from endorsing big brands. So, let’s start the countdown-
Top 10 Highest Paid NHL Players:
10. Shea Weber
Shea Weber is currently playing for the Nashville Predators in NHL. The 6 feet 4 inches, Weber plays at the defense position for his team. Shea Weber was drafted in 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators. He is also a regular member of Canadian National Ice Hockey team. Currently, Weber is attached to a 14 year-contract with the Nashville Predators, which will leave him as a free agent in 2026. His club contract is worth of total $110,000,000, which also includes the signing bonus of $68,000,000. He has a guaranteed income of $110,000,000 with an average annual salary of $7,857,143 till the end of the contract.
He currently earns $14,000,000 as a base salary from his team Nashville Predators. He has earned a total $7,857,143 in the last 2014/15 season of NHL, which put him at No. 10 place in the list of top 10 highest paid NHL players.
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9. Sidney Crosby
Sidney Crosby is currently a Pittsburgh Penguins players at central position in NFL. The 5 feet 11 inches Crosby was drafted in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and enrolled in Pittsburgh Penguins as the 1st overall. He is also a regular member of Canada National Ice Hockey team. He currently holds a 12 year-contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The contract will be valid till 2025. The signing is worth of a total $104,400,000, which remains his guaranteed income. In addition, Sidney Crosby earns an average yearly salary of $8,700,000 according to his contact. Currently, he is earning around $12,000,000 as a basic salary with his team. In the 2014/15 NHL season, he has earned an outstanding $8,700,000. The No. 9 in the list of top 10 highest paid NHL players is assigned to his name.
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8. Ryan Suter
Ryan Suter plays at the defense position for the Minnesota Wild in National Hockey League. He is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighed about 195 lbs. Ryan Suter was the 7th overall 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators. He is a current member of United States National Ice Hockey team. Ryan Suter has made a 13 year-contract with the Minnesota Wild after which he will be a free agent in 2025. The contract with the Minnesota Wild is valued a total $98,000,000. The contract also includes $25,000,000 as the signing bonus for Ryan.
He is the 8th highest paid NHL player in our list. The $98,000,000 remains his guaranteed income while the average annual salary is $7,538,462 till the contract ends. With the current team basic salary of $11,000,000, Ryan Suter ended the last season in NHL earning a stunning $7,538,462.
7. Henrik Lundqvist
The New York Rangers player Henrik Lundqvist plays at goaltender position and has earned him the no. 7 position in our list of top 10 highest paid NHL players. He is heighted about 6 feet 1 inch and weighted 185 lbs. New York Rangers drafted him in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft as the 205th overall. He is a regular member of Swedish national ice hockey team. He currently holds the 7 year-contract deal with the New York Rangers, which will be valid till 2021.
His signing with the New York Rangers is worth of $59,500,000, which also includes the signing bonus of $14,000,000. His guaranteed income remains $59,500,000 and the annual average salary is $8,500,000. His current team basic salary is $11,000,000. In the last NHL season, Henrik Lundqvist has earned a total $8,500,000, which made the one of the highest paid NHL players in 2014/15.
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6. Alex Ovechkin
Alex Ovechkin is currently playing at the left wing position for the Washington Capitals in the NHL. The 6 feet 3 inched was drafted in 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals. He is an important part of the Russian national ice hockey team. He holds a 13-year contract with the Washington Capitals, which will leave him as a free agent in 2021. The signing with Washington Capitals is valued over $124,000,000, which is his current guaranteed income with the team.
Alex is earning an average annual salary of $9,538,462 and basic team salary of $10,000,000. In the 2014/15 NHL season, he has earned a total $9,538,462, which eventually placed him at No. 6 in our list of top 10 highest paid NHL players.
5. Pavel Datsyuk
Pavel Datsyuk is presently playing for the NHL team Detroit Red Wings as a forward. Pavel was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, which is 171st overall draft for the team. He is also a member of Russian national ice hockey team. Currently, Pavel Datsyuk is in a 3-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings, which will end in 2017.
His signing with the team is valued around $22,500,000. He is at No. 5 in our list of top 10 highest paid NHL players. The team offers him $10,000,000 as a basic salary. Pavel Datsyuk earns an annual average salary of $7,500,000 and he will be able to earn this until the contract ends. In 2014/15 season of NHL, he has earned a total $7,500,000 with the Detroit Red Wings.
4. Claude Giroux
Claude Giroux I currently playing for the Philadelphia Flyers in NHL. In the team he makes his spot at the right wing position. He is 5 feet and 11 inches taller and 172 lbs in weight. Claude Giroux was the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. Besides his club, he also plays ice hockey for the Canadian national side. Currently, he is holding a 8-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. According to this contract, he will be a free agent in 2022.
The Philadelphia contract is worth of a total $66,200,000 including the signing bonus of $9,000,000. The contract value has become his guaranteed income. Additionally, he has an average yearly salary of $8,275,000 till the end of this contract. The Philadelphia Flyers pay him $10,000,000 as a basic salary. With the earnings of $8,275,000 in the last season of NHL, Claude Giroux is at No. 4 in our list of top 10 highest paid NHL players.
3. Philip Kessel
Philip Kessel is a right winger, who currently plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs in NHL. Kessel was drafted by the Boston Bruins as the 5th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He has signed a 8-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Besides his club, he is also a regular player of United States national ice hockey team. His deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs will be over in 2022, leaving him as a free agent.
His contact value is estimated a total of $64,000,000. The value also includes the signing bonus of $22,500,000, making him one of the highest paid NHL players in our list. Philip Kessel earns an annual salary of $8,000,000 according to the contract. The team is offering him $8,000,000 as a basic salary. In the last NHL season, he has earned the same amount of money.
2. Evgeni Malkin
The Russian national ice hockey player Evgeni Malkin currently plays for the NHL team Pittsurgh Penguins in the center position. Malkin is heighted over 6 feet and 3 inches and weighted 195 lbs. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He holds an 8-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins, which will be valid till 2022.
The contract he signed with the Pittsburgh is worth a total of $76,000,000, which also placed him at the 2nd spot in our list of top 10 highest paid NHL players. According to the signing, he also earns an average annual salary of $9,500,000. Evgeni Malkin has earned $9,500,000 in the 2014/15 season of NHL.
1. Eric Staal
Eric Staal is a Carolina Hurricanes player and is currently in the No. 1 in our list of top 10 highest paid NHL players. The 6 feet 4 inches and 205 lbs giant plays at the center position for his team. He also plays an important part for the Canadian National ice hockey team. Eric was drafted in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes, which made him the 2nd overall draft. He made a 7-year contract with his current team, which will leave him as a free agent in 2016.
The contract he signed is valued over $57,750,000, which is also his guaranteed income source. He has got an average annual salary $8,250,000 as per his signing with the team. He also earns a basic salary of $9,250,000 with a cap hit of $8,250,000 in the last NHL season.
All these players earn a great deal from their team salary. In addition, the brand endorsements also play a key role in boosting their bank accounts. For example, Sidney Crosby earns an amazing $4.5 million from his endorsements with Bell, Reebok, and Gatorade etc. So, truly, all of them are the proud members in the list of top 10 highest paid NHL players.