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NHL: Longest Span (Seasons) Between Western Conference Finals Appearances

TEAM SPAN (SEASONS IN BETWEEN) PREVIOUS WESTERN CONF. FINALS APP. (OR FIRST SEASON) LAST WESTERN CONF. FINALS APP. NOTES
1. Arizona Coyotes 17 1993-94* 2011-12 Includes Winnipeg Jets (1993-94 thru 1995-96)
1. Los Angeles Kings 17 1993-94* 2011-12
3. Nashville Predators 16 1998-99* Active No App.
4. Vancouver Canucks 15 1993-94 2010-11
4. Winnipeg Jets II 15 1999-00* Active No App.; Includes Atlanta Thrashers (1999-00 thru 2010-11)
6. St. Louis Blues 13 2000-01 Active
7. Chicago Blackhawks 12 1994-95 2008-09
7. Colorado Avalanche 12 2001-02 Active
9. Edmonton Oilers 11 1993-94* 2005-06
9. Minnesota Wild 11 2002-03 Active
11. Calgary Flames 10 1993-94* 2003-04
11. Calgary Flames 10 2005-06 Active
11. San Jose Sharks 10 1993-94* 2003-04

The Top 20 Highest-Paid Players in the NHL (2014-15)

The Highest Paid Player In The NHL? You're Looking At Him: Nashville Predators' Captain Shea Weber.

The Highest Paid Player In The NHL? You’re Looking At Him: Nashville Predators’ Captain Shea Weber.

The first place Nashville Predators have the highest-paid player in the NHL, defenseman Shea Weber.

Weber’s making a paltry (by comparison to the other big three sports leagues) $14 million in 2014-15, a cool two mil over last season’s MVP, the Pittsburgh PenguinsSidney Crosby.

Only eight players (seven skaters and New York Rangers‘ goalie Henrik Lundqvist) will make $10 million or more this season.

Wow. The NHL has its biggest salaries under wraps, unlike the NBA, which we looked at yesterday.

Only three of the 20 (21 with ties) highest-paid players in hockey play for a losing team (eight in the NBA do, including six of the top nine).

Thanks to spotrac.com where you can see every NHLer’s salary.

PLAYER 2014-15 SALARY POS. TEAM
1. Shea Weber $14M D Nashville Predators (39-12-6)
2. Sidney Crosby $12M C Pittsburgh Penguins (32-16-9)
3. Ryan Suter $11M D Minnesota Wild (28-21-7)
3. Henrik Lundqvist $11M G New York Rangers (34-16-5)
5. Alex Ovechkin $10M RW Washington Capitals (31-17-10)
5. Philip Kessel $10M RW Toronto Maple Leafs (23-30-5)
5. Claude Giroux $10M C Philadelphia Flyers (24-23-10)
5. Pavel Datsyuk $10M C Detroit Red Wings (32-14-10)
9. Evgeni Malkin $9.5M C Pittsburgh Penguins (32-16-9)
10. Eric Staal $9.25M C Carolina Hurricanes (20-29-7)
11. Corey Perry $9M RW Anaheim Ducks (35-15-7)
12. Ryan Getzlaf $8.75M C Anaheim Ducks (35-15-7)
13. Steven Stamkos $8M C Tampa Bay Lightning (35-18-6)
13. Dion Phaneuf $8M C Toronto Maple Leafs (23-30-5)
15. Rick Nash $7.9M LW New York Rangers (34-16-5)
15. Marian Hossa $7.9M RW Chicago Blackhawks (35-18-5)
17. Henrik Zetterberg $7.75M LW Detroit Red Wings (32-14-10)
18. Duncan Keith $7.6M D Chicago Blackhawks (35-18-5)
19. Tuukka Rask $7.5M G Boston Bruins (28-20-8)
19. Anze Kopitar $7.5M C Los Angeles Kings (26-18-12)
19. Patrice Bergeron $7.5M C Boston Bruins (28-20-8)

Photo: nhlbeat.blogspot.com

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