How expensive are each of the four All-Star teams?

Updated: January 31, 2016 at 1:01 pm by Cam Lewis

The 2016 NHL All-Star game has probably been the most controversial, but interesting midseason classic in recent memory. After realizing how boring the event has become over the years, the league decided to jump on the bandwagon of the success garnered from three-on-three overtime play and host a four-team tournament instead of a typical pond hockey game between the Eastern and Western Conferences. Then, of course, the fans voted John Scott to be the captain of the Pacific Division, and despite the league’s best efforts to shove him out of the game, the enforcer prevailed. 

This All-Star game has been somewhat of a black eye on the NHL largely because of the way they handled the Scott situation. Fans were furious and disturbed that the league appeared to be robbing everybody of what they had voted for, and after Scott published an article on The Players’ Tribune, we were all offered an inside look at just how poorly he had been treated by the league throughout the whole situation. Anyways, with all that considered, this entire thing has actually been pretty interesting. The three-on-three, NHL HITZ style tournament (along with its $1 million prize) should be more exciting than the typical try-not-to-get-injured exhibition games we’ve grown tired of. 

So what am I getting at here? Well, since this website is a salary cap resource, here are each of the four divisional All-Star teams cap hits heading into tonight’s tournament. 

ATLANTIC DIVISION 

Patrice Bergeron — $6.875 million

Jaromir Jagr — $5.405 million

Leo Komarov — $2.905 million

Dylan Larkin — $1.425 million

Ryan O’Reilly — $6 million

Steven Stamkos — $7.5 million

Aaron Ekblad — $3.775 million

Erik Karlsson — $6.5 million

P.K. Subban — $9 million

Ben Bishop — $5.95 million

Roberto Luongo — $4.533 million

TOTAL — $59.868 million

Average — $5.443 million

METROPOLITAN DIVISION

Nicklas Backstrom — $6.7 million

Claude Giroux — $8.275 million

Evgeny Kuznetsov — $3 million

Evgeni Malkin — $9.5 million

Brandon Saad — $6 million 

John Tavares — $5.5 million

Justin Faulk — $4.833 million

Kris Letang — $7.25 million

Ryan McDonagh — $4.7 million

Braden Holtby — $6.1 million

Cory Schneider — $6 million

TOTAL — $67.858 million

Average — $6.17 million

CENTRAL DIVISION 

Jamie Benn — $5.25 million

Matt Duchene — $6 million

Patrick Kane — $10.5 million

James Neal — $5 million

Tyler Seguin — $5.75 million

Vladimir Tarasenko — $7.5 million

Dustin Byfuglien — $5.2 million

Roman Josi — $4 million

Shea Weber — $7.875 million 

Devan Dubnyk — $4.33 million

Pekka Rinne — $7 million

TOTAL — $68.405 million

Average — $6.22 million 

PACIFIC DIVISION 

Johnny Gaudreau — $1.85 million 

Taylor Hall — $6 million 

Joe Pavelski — $6 million

Corey Perry — $8.625 million

John Scott — $0.575 million 

Daniel Sedin — $7 million 

Brent Burns — $5.76 million

Drew Doughty — $7 million

Mark Giordano — $4.020 million

John Gibson — $0.925 million 

Jonathan Quick — $5.8 million 

TOTAL — $53.555 million

Average — $4.87 million 

And there you have it. Just like you all wanted, some cold, hard facts about the upcoming All-Star game. The Pacific Division is the cheapest of all the teams, thanks largely to the savings they got from having Scott on the roster. In fact, the Pacific Division team is so cheap, they would have the lowest cap hit in the NHL. 

The Central and Metro Divisions are the most expensive, and that’s after they swapped Jonathan Toews and Alex Ovechkin’s massive salaries for James Neal and Evgeny Kuznetsov. The Metro and Central both have higher team cap hits than the Senators, Avs, Hurricanes, Ducks, Predators, Devils, Jets, and Coyotes

Also, each of the teams are cap compliant, but they’re only half the size of a normal roster. So, yeah, there you go. That’s about as interesting of an analysis as I can provide heading into a three-on-three tournament. Anyways, enjoy the game!