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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)

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Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the Most Points Per Game in Stanley Cup Playoff History

Sidney Crosby And Evgeni Malkin, Amongst The Greatest Postseason Point Producers

Sidney Crosby And Evgeni Malkin, Amongst The Greatest Postseason Point Producers

Who are the most productive offensive players in Stanley Cup Playoff history? Here’s one way to look at it – skaters with the best career postseason points averages (points per game).

Guess who the top two are.

You’re probably right. It’s Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux. They, along with mostly-Boston Bruin Barry Pederson, are way above the rest of the pack, breaching the one-and-a-half points per game barrier. It tops out with Gretzky’s insane 1.837 PPG.

And where do active Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin rank?

Remarkably high – in the top 10, dispersed amongst some of the greatest to ever pick up a stick.

This was going to be a top 20 post, which is often the standard around here, but this time let’s go all the way with everybody who has averaged at least 1.000 point per game in the playoffs. All together, in all of the NHL‘s 95 postseasons, it’s just 34 skaters. Is your guy on the list?

SKATER POSTSEASON POINTS PER GAME
1. Wayne Gretzky 1.837
2. Mario Lemieux 1.607
3. Barry Pederson 1.529
4. Mark Messier 1.250
5. Bobby Orr 1.243
6. Mike Bossy 1.240
7. Sidney Crosby* 1.231
8. Jari Kurri 1.165
9. Evgeni Malkin* 1.163
10. Gilbert Perreault 1.144
11. Peter Forsberg 1.133
12. Peter Stastny 1.129
13. Bernie Federko 1.110
14. Pavel Bure 1.094
15. Joe Sakic 1.093
16. Jean Beliveau 1.086
17. Bobby Hull 1.084
18. Eric Lindros 1.075
19. Claude Giroux* 1.070
20. Toe Blake 1.069
21. Ken Linseman 1.062
22. Phil Esposito 1.054
23. Alex Ovechkin* 1.052
24. Guy Lafleur 1.047
25. Denis Savard 1.036
26. Doug Gilmour 1.033
27. Kevin Stevens 1.029
28. Theoren Fleury 1.026
29. Brian Leetch 1.021
29. Dale Hawerchuk 1.021
31. Gordie Howe 1.019
32. Craig Simpson 1.015
33. Martin St. Louis* 1.014
34. Paul Coffey 1.010

* Active skaters

Photo: thesportsfanjournal.com

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