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Monday, January 2, 2012

2011-2012 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 2012 NHL player cap hit and salary figures for the top ten players in each position as published by NHL Numbers.




































































































2012 NHL Player Cap Hit By Position

Forwards$mDefensemen$mGoalies$m
Ovechkin9.538Weber7.5Lundqvist6.875
Crosby8.7Campbell7.14Ward6.3
Malkin8.7Doughty7.0Miller6.25
E. Staal8.25Chara6.917Backstrom6.0
Nash7.8Bouwmeester6.68Kiprusoff5.833
Lacavalier7.727Boyle6.667Bryzgalov5.667
Gaborik7.5Phaneuf6.5Luongo5.333
Heatley7.5Timonen6.333Brodeur5.2
Stamkos7.5Lidstrom6.2Thomas5.0
Gomez7.357Seabrook5.8Fleury5.0
































































































































































































2012 NHL Player Salary By Position

Forwards$mDefensemen$mGoalies$m
Richards12.0Ehrhoff10.0Bryzgalov10.0
Lecavalier10.0Chara8.5Lundqvist6.875
Crosby9.0Keith8.0Luongo6.716
Malkin9.0Pronger7.6Ward6.3
Ovechkin9.0Weber7.5Miller6.25
Spezza8.0Campbell7.14Kiprusoff6.0
Heatley8.0Bieksa7.0Backstrom6.0
Thornton8.0Seabrook7.0Fleury5.5
Stamkos8.0Wisniewski7.0Brodeur5.2
Hossa7.9Boyle6.667Thomas5.0















































































































































































































































































Amazingly, the CBA permits a player's cap hit and salary figure to diverge dramatically in the same season. Thus, despite Richards ($12m), Ehrhoff ($10m) and Bryzgalov ($10m) being paid the most this season at their respective positions, it's actually Ovechkin ($9.538m), Weber ($7.5m) and Lundqvist ($8.75m) who cost the most consuming more of their $64.3m team cap limit than any other player at their position.

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.

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