Historical Comparisons of NHL Salaries   Leave a comment



The attached Detroit Free Press photo from the August 13, 1959 edition of the paper had the following caption:

“It’s Official: No one really expected Gordie Howe not to sign a contract for his 14th year as a Red Wing, yet the act Wednesday did make general manager Jack Adams gleeful. Howe isn’t unhappy either since he is one of the highest-salaried players in hockey and signed for close to $25,000 this season.”

If inflation is calculated $25,000 in 1959 would be $202,878.87 in 2014.  Still pittance compared to todays NHL salaries.

Here are some salaries from the 1977-78 NHL season.

Atlanta Tom Lysiak $130,000 Dick Redmond$ $125,000 Daniel Bouchard$ $100,000.

Boston Brad Park$ $250,000 Gerry Cheevers $160,000 Jean Ratelle$ $150,000 Gilles Gilbert $135,000 John Bucyk$ $115,000 Wayne Cashman$ $110,000.

Buffalo Gil Perreault$ $200,000 Richard Martin $170,000 Jim Schoenfeld$ $115,000 Danny Gare $105,000.

Chicago Tony Esposito $200,000 Stan Mikita$ $200,000 Dale Tallon $150,000.

Los Angeles Marcel Dionne $320,000 Syl Apps$ $150,000 Mike Murphy$ $120,000 Rogatien Vachon $120,000.

Montreal Ken Dryden $180,000 Guy Lafleur$ $180,000 Guy Lapointe $175,000 Yvan Cournoyer$ $160,000 Serge Savard$ $155,000 Jacques Lemaire $135,000 Larry Robinson$ $125,000 Steve Shutt $120,000.

N.Y. Rangers Phil Esposito $325,000 Walter Tkaczuk$ $250,000 Wayne Dillon$ $175,000 Carol Vadnais $120,000.

Philadelphia Bobby Clarke $160,000 Bill Barber$ $150,000 Rick MacLeish $150,000 Bernie Parent$ $140,000.

Toronto Darryl Sittler $165,000 Borje Salming $ $155,000 Lanny McDonald $145,000 Ron Ellis$ $140,000 Ian Turnbull $120,000.

Marcel Dionne was the top paid player in 1977-78 at $320,000. In 2014 that would inflate to $1,266,486.39.

Now todays top salaries



player & transacation team & position date 2014-2015
Shea Weber at Defenseman $14,000,000
Sidney Crosby at Center $12,000,000
Ryan Suter at Defenseman $11,000,000
Henrik Lundqvist at Goaltender $11,000,000
Alex Ovechkin at Right Wing $10,000,000
Pavel Datsyuk at Center $10,000,000
Claude Giroux at Center $10,000,000
Philip Kessel at Right Wing $10,000,000
Evgeni Malkin at Center $9,500,000
Eric Staal at Center $9,250,000
Corey Perry at Right Wing $9,000,000
Ryan Getzlaf at Center $8,750,000
Steven Stamkos at Center $8,000,000
Dion Phaneuf at Defenseman $8,000,000
Rick Nash at Left Wing $7,900,000
Marian Hossa at Right Wing $7,900,000
Henrik Zetterberg at Left Wing $7,750,000
Duncan Keith at Defenseman $7,600,000
Anze Kopitar at Center $7,500,000

Posted December 26, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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