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Friday, October 15, 2010

2010-2011 NHL Highest Salary & Cap Hit By Position

Since the NHL salary cap was introduced in 2005, clubs have kept a close eye on two key player payroll markers - cap hit and salary. Cap hit corresponds to the dollar amount applied towards team salary cap whereas salary connotes a player's actual take home pay.

The chart below presents 2011 NHL player cap hit and salary figures for the top ten players in each position as published by NHL Numbers.

2011 NHL Player Cap Hit By Position

E. Staal8.25Boyle6.667Giguere6.0
B. Richards7.8Phaneuf6.5Backstrom6.0


2011 NHL Player Salary By Position

B. Richards7.8Jovanovski6.0Brodeur5.2




Amazingly, the CBA permits a player's cap hit and salary figure to diverge dramatically in the same season. Accordingly, Ovechkin carries the highest cap hit, consuming $9.538m of the Capitals $59.4m team limit, whilst Luongo and Lecavalier both collect more bank ($10m) despite costing significantly less against the cap ($5.33m, $7.727m).

The NHL and NHLPA recently took preliminary steps to target common cap circumvention techniques, prompted by New Jersey's signing of Kovalchuk, presumably in an attempt to close the gap between a player's annual cap hit and salary figure. Expect more such measures to gain momentum as we near the expiration of the CBA in 2012.

A listing of the highest paid players in the NHL since 1990, along with the teams responsible for cutting their checks, can be found here.

* See also 2014-2015 NHL Highest Salary & Cap Hit By Position.
* See also 2013-2014 NHL Highest Salary & Cap Hit By Position.
* See also 2012-2013 NHL Highest Salary & Cap Hit By Position.
* See also 2011-2012 NHL Highest Salary & Cap Hit By Position.
* See also 2010-2011 NHL Highest Salary & Cap Hit By Position.
* See also NHL Highest Paid Players By Year.
* See also Rethinking NHL Player Salary Structure.
* See also NHL Minimum Wage & Maximum Wage By Year.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

2011 NHL Regular Season Mileage

Ever wondered how many miles a team will travel during the 2010-11 NHL regular season? This summer statistical wiz Dirk Hoag did the math. His figures are posited in a Puck Report preferred format below.

VAN: 51,213-------'ATL: 44,079
MIN: 50,805------'-TBL: 43,870
EDM: 50,304-----'''CAR: 40,874
CGY: 47,827-----'-'-FLA: 38,582
COL: 44,190------'-'WAS: 31,858
Avg: 48,868------''-'Avg: 39,853

SJS: 55,063---------BOS: 36,030
PHO: 50,080-------OTT: 35,333
ANA: 45,868----'---TOR: 33,470
DAL: 44,880-----'--MTL: 32,140
LAK: 39,348--------BUF: 30,124
Avg: 47,048---------Avg: 33,419

CLB: 42,444-------'-NYR: 32,802
NSH: 42,379--------PIT: 32,779
STL: 41,473-------'-'PHI: 29,716
DET: 39,793--------'NYI: 28,210
CHI: 39,580-------'-NJD: 27,152
Avg: 41,134---------'Avg: 30,132
Avg: 45,683--------Avg: 34,468

This season the NHL travel average is 40,076 miles with the West managing 11,214 more than the East and the Northwest 18,736 more than the Atlantic. In terms of teams, the Flames pass on their 2010 most traveled team designation to the Sharks who this season will log 55,063 miles, over twice that of the Devils (27,152) and only 299 more than the Devils and Islanders combined.

In addition to counting clicks, Hoag's Super Schedule tallies team's back-to-back games showing an average of 15.8 such occurrences per club with the Sabres enduring the most (22) and the Canucks and Oilers the least (11). Buckle up, the journey begins tonight.