Long Term Salary Commitments

While browsing through each teams salary cap commitments I decided to take a look at which teams have locked up which players long term. Below is a list of all players on each team that are under contract for 4 or more years (i.e. at least through the 2011-12 season). In terms of dollars committed, the New York Rangers top the list by committing 32.8 million to 5 players. Several other teams have locked up six players for four or more years but none have spent more than the Rangers have on 5. One has to wonder if the Rangers money is well spent on Gomez, Drury, Lundqvist, Redden and Rozsival. Two teams, the Canadiens and Canucks, have no one signed for more than 3 seasons while Atlanta and Boston have just one players signed each.

(Numbers are millions of dollars rounded to the nearest $100,000)

32.8 NY Rangers
7.4 Scott Gomez
7.1 Chris Drury
6.9 Henrik Lundqvist
6.5 Wade Redden
5.0 Michal Rozsival

31.4 Calgary
7.0 Jarome Iginla
6.5 Dion Phaneuf
5.8 Miikka Kiprusoff
4.5 Daymond Langkow
4.0 Robyn Regehr
3.6 Cory Sarich

30.2 Pittsburgh
8.7 Sidney Crosby
8.7 Evgeni Malkin
5.0 Marc-Andre Fleury
4.0 Ryan Whitney
3.8 Brooks Orpik

28.9 Edmonton
5.7 Lubomir Visnovsky
5.5 Shawn Horcoff
5.4 Sheldon Souray
4.3 Dustin Penner
4.1 Ales Hemsky
4.0 Tom Gilbert

28.5 Buffalo
7.1 Thomas Vanek
6.3 Ryan Miller
5.3 Jason Pominville
4.0 Derek Roy
3.5 Jochen Hecht
2.3 Paul Gaustad

27.0 Philadelphia
6.5 Daniel Briere
6.3 Kimmo Timonen
5.8 Mike Richards
4.3 Joffrey Lupul
4.2 Scott Hartnell

25.6 New Jersey
6.0 Patrik Elias
5.2 Martin Brodeur
5.1 Brian Rolston
3.4 Dainius Zubrus
3.0 Colin White
2.9 Bryce Salvador

25.3 Detroit
6.7 Pavel Datsyuk
6.0 Brian Rafalski
3.8 Brad Stuart
3.0 Niklas Kronwall
3.0 Valtteri Flippula
2.8 Dan Cleary

23.2 Tampa
7.7 Vincent Lecavalier
4.5 Ryan Malone
4.0 Andrej Meszaros
3.5 Vaclav Prospal
3.4 Matt Carle

20.8 Ottawa
7.5 Dany Heatley
7.0 Jason Spezza
4.2 Mike Fisher
2.1 Chris Kelly

17.3 Florida
4.2 Keith Ballard
4.0 Nathan Horton
3.1 Rostislav Olesz
3.1 Stephen Weiss
2.9 Bryan Allen

17.0 Columbus
4.8 Kristian Huselius
3.8 Mike Commodore
3.8 R.J. Umberger
2.8 Fedor Tyutin
1.9 Jason Chimera

16.5 Nashville
4.5 David Legwand
4.5 Martin Erat
4.0 Jean-Pierre Dumont
3.5 Ryan Suter

15.2 Chicago
7.1 Brian Campbell
4.2 Cristobal Huet
3.9 Patrick Sharp

14.8 Washington
9.5 Alex Ovechkin
5.3 Mike Green

14.4 Anaheim
5.3 Ryan Getzlaf
5.3 Corey Perry
3.7 Chris Kunitz

14.1 San Jose
6.7 Dan Boyle
4.3 Milan Michalek
3.1 Marc-Edourd Vlasic

13.0 Dallas
5.0 Mike Ribiero
4.1 Brendan Morrow
3.9 Sean Avery

11.2 New York Islanders
4.5 Rick DiPietro
4.1 Mark Streit
2.0 Trent Hunter
0.5 Frans Nielson

11.1 Minnesota
4.1 Pierre-Marc Bouchard
3.6 Brent Burns
3.5 Nick Shultz

11.0 Carolina
8.3 Eric Staal
2.8 Tim Gleason

10.3 Colorado
6.3 Ryan Smyth
4.0 John-Michael Liles

10.5 Toronto
4.0 Jason Blake
3.5 Jeff Finger
3.0 Niklas Hagman

7.6 St. Louis
4.0 Brad Boyes
3.6 Barret Jackman

6.7 Los Angeles
3.5 Jarret Stoll
3.2 Dustin Brown

6.3 Phoenix
4.5 Shane Doan
1.8 Kurt Sauer

4.5 Atlanta
4.5 Ron Hainsey

4.0 Boston
4.0 Dennis Wideman

0 Montreal
0 Vancouver

(Note: If you find any mistakes let me know)

This article has 3 Comments

  1. Very interesting. Kind of busts the whole “Ottawa is the new TBL” theory eh? In fact, those signing new long term contracts this season may well be the last of the high rollers, if there is in fact cap regression, and teams should beware. Pittsburgh may well have seriously handcuffed themselves, especially if they prove to be unable to spend to the cap, even if it remains at 56.7M.
    At 14.1M, for proven young offensive stars in Spezza and Heatley, Ottawa may well have set themselves up for 5 years of competitive teams, especially since they will spend to the cap limit.

  2. I see two potential problems for the Senators down the road.

    First, As talented as Heatley and Spezza are, I have yet to see the consistency and leadership from them that are necessary to really lead a team. This is particularly true of Spezza who just seems to laugh everything off and rarely shows the passion and determination of a true leader. Alfredsson won’t be around for that much longer, especially at his current level of play, so those two will really need to step up their consistency and leadership if Ottawa is to remain a contending team.

    The other problem, and far more serious problem, is that defense and goaltending are what usually wins Stanley Cups. Ottawa just traded away a very good young defenseman in Meszaros for a 33 year old soon to be unrestricted free agent. If Brian Lee doesn’t develop into a top 2 defenseman there are going to be some significant holes to fill as Phillips and Volchenkov age as neither are really your prototypical top pairing defensemen to start with. And in goal they are lacking too as Elliot is still a long way from being a #1 NHL goalie.

  3. Fair enough David, but these sorts of issues are present on every team. No team is set for 5 years.
    As for Spezza and Heatley, you have to remember these are both young players (25,27), who are still learning how to lead, and with Alfie and Smith to guide them, they’re in good hands. Spezza is probably not tagged as a future captain, but that’s not to say he can’t contribute in this regard (think Thorton, Shanahan, etc.) Also, many believe Fisher or Phillips are the future leaders of this team.
    Defensively, Picard was a part of the deal to mitigate for the loss of Mesz., and Ottawa has some decent blue line prospects in the pipe.

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