Unlike others sports such as baseball, basketball and football, National Hockey League (NHL) sees very long contracts of best players from ten to twelve years with guaranteed salaries instead of five or six years as normal because they help NHL owners put fans in seats. Therefore, these players often earn a huge amount of money.
Below is the list of top 10 NHL players who will receive at least $8 million this season including Roberto Luongo, Vincent Lecavalier, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Alexander Ovechkin, Chris Drury, Scott Gome, Dany Heatley, Duncan Keith and Jason Spezza.
Roberto Luongo receives $10 million for his 2010 - 2011 salary from Vancouver Canucks. In 2008, he was the first NHL goaltender to become a team captain in 60 years.
Vincent Lecavalier signed an 11-year and $85-million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2008. $10 million is his 2010-2011 salary
Sidney Crosby, a hockey\'s golden boy of Pittsburgh Penguins, is paid $9 million in the season 2010-2011
Evgeni Malkin signed a $43.5 million contract in 2008 with Pittsburgh Penguins and became the first Russian to receive the Conn Smythe trophy when he led the Pens to the Stanley Cup in 2009. At present, he earns $9 million in 2010-2011
The star winger Alexander Ovechkin has the biggest contract in the game worth $124 million over 13 years. He also receives $9 million in 2010-2011
Chris Drury, who plays for New York Rangers, is the only player to receive awards as the top college player (Hobey Baker) and best NHL rookie (Calder). His salary in 2010-2011 is $8 million.
Scott Gomez signed a $51.5 million free-agent contract with the Rangers in 2007 but was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in the season 2008-09. His salary now is $8 million.
Dany Heatley, the all-time leading scorer of Team Canada with 38 goals in World Championship events, currently gets $8 million at San Jose Sharks
Duncan Keith of Chicago Blackhawks is the NHL\'s highest-paid defenseman this year with $8million
Jason Spezza gets $8million from Ottawa Senators