The top 10 highest-paid NHL players are set to make $117.7 million combined this season — only a small increase from last year’s $117.2 million.
For the fourth time in five years, the Edmonton Oilers’ 25-year-old captain Connor McDavid is the NHL’s top earner, according to Forbes’ Highest-Paid NHL Players list, set to make $15.3 million before taxes and agents’ fees.
McDavid is followed by the Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin ($14 million), the Dallas Stars’ Tyler Seguin ($11.9 million), and the New York Rangers’ Artemi Panarin ($11.7 million), with the Florida Panthers’ Sergei Bobrovsky and the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews tied for fifth ($11 million).
The combined earnings of the top 10 are barely up from the 2013-14 list, when the top 10 brought in $116.3 million.
Since then, the NFL’s top 10 saw their earnings jump 46% to $489.1 million.MLB’s increased 50%.
The NHL players’ earnings aren’t jumping like other sports, but recent indications favor an impending spike.
In September, Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon became the highest-paid player in league history with an eight-year, $100.8 million deal.
The league’s salary cap, which hit a record $82.5 million for the 2022-23 season, reportedly could rise around $10 million over the next three years. The cap froze at $81.5 million for the three pandemic-affected seasons.
In June, commissioner Gary Bettman said the league recorded $5.2 billion in revenue over the course of the season.
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