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Video- The Highest Paid Player Left In The Playoffs Makes $8M, Does Salary Mean Success?

via TSN's YouTube page,

The most expensive player left in the Stanley Cup playoffs makes eight million a year, which is less than what some RFAs will sign for this summer. Is it a coincidence or not? That's Hockey weighs in.


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Is it a coincidence or not?

With an ever-changing salary cap? Yes.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 05/14/19 at 09:22 AM ET

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Well last year there were two players over 8 mil, and two just under 8 mil. 
Ovechkin $10mil
Stamkos $8.5
Hedman $7.9
Kuznetsov $7.8

That’s just their cap hit though - when you look at actual salaries you start seeing other names, like Oshie, Backstrom (just under 8), Byflugen, and Hedman.  The only exception was Vegas, and they were sort of a different situation all together. 

I don’t think there is anything new here, just that some really strange teams are still playing that no one expected to be playing. 

HOWEVER, the idea of players taking a little less for the common good of the team is something that seems to have waned the last few years.  As I recall it, when Toews and Kane took those big contracts that was sort of the turning point in the league for players getting more than before - and numerous players at a time on the same team. 

When you look at some of these contracts: McDavid, Draisaitl, Tavares, Nylander, Kane, Toews…etc etc there are a lot of dollars being tied up to one or two players (Edmonton, Chicago, Toronto).  You have two guys making a third of the team’s cap in some of these cases.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/14/19 at 03:29 PM ET

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