The 20 Highest Paid Players in the NHL
#4 (tie). Alex Ovechkin, Left Wing, Washington Capitals, $10 million
Ovechkin signed a 13-year $124 million contract in 2008 and this is still the largest contract in the NHL. However, it was not heavily front loaded.
#3. Sidney Crosby, Center, Pittsburgh Penguins, $13 million
Crosby’s contract was signed before the current CBA and is heavily frontloaded. This is the last of his $13 million pay days and will “dwindle” down to $3 million when his contract expires in 2022-23. I suspect the Penguins will renegotiate with him long before that happens.
#2 (tie). Jonathan Toews, Center, Chicago Blackhawks, $13.8 million
The breakdown is $6.8 million salary with a $7 million signing bonus. Toews signed the same contract as teammate Patrick Kane. Eight years for a total of $84 million.