Team Salaries

Last modified: November 27, 2018 at 12:31 am
Team Team Stats Team Forwards Defense Goalies
Name Cap Hit Bonus Cushion LTIR Replacement Cap Space Players Signed Avg Age Cap Hit Cap % Cap Hit Cap % Cap Hit Cap %
Detroit Red Wings DET $84,964,961 $1,032,500 $10,037,878 $5,605,417 27 29 $50,341,211 59.3% $26,332,083 31.0% $8,291,667 9.8%
Anaheim Ducks ANA $81,323,291 $850,000 $0 $-973,291 23 28 $49,548,333 60.9% $20,537,500 25.3% $6,050,000 7.4%
San Jose Sharks SJS $81,129,167 $1,590,000 $0 $-39,167 24 28 $38,084,167 46.9% $35,395,000 43.6% $7,650,000 9.4%
Pittsburgh Penguins PIT $81,011,666 $982,500 $5,500,000 $4,970,834 26 27 $49,359,167 60.9% $26,552,499 32.8% $5,100,000 6.3%
Edmonton Oilers EDM $80,945,334 $3,300,000 $5,500,000 $7,354,666 23 27 $44,975,000 55.6% $25,533,667 31.5% $6,666,667 8.2%
Dallas Stars DAL $80,198,333 $3,157,500 $4,750,000 $7,209,167 27 28 $51,286,667 64.0% $21,494,999 26.8% $7,416,667 9.3%
Washington Capitals WAS $79,982,628 $782,500 $2,300,000 $2,599,872 24 27 $48,018,462 60.0% $25,214,166 31.5% $6,750,000 8.4%
St Louis Blues STL $77,848,333 $535,000 $4,050,000 $6,236,667 24 27 $47,584,166 61.1% $25,914,167 33.3% $4,350,000 5.6%
Tampa Bay Lightning TBL $76,880,001 $1,215,000 $0 $3,834,999 24 27 $44,610,834 58.0% $26,969,167 35.1% $5,300,000 6.9%
Toronto Maple Leafs TOR $75,883,333 $4,550,000 $5,300,000 $13,466,667 24 27 $46,395,000 61.1% $23,813,333 31.4% $5,675,000 7.5%
Buffalo Sabres BUF $75,365,357 $3,912,500 $0 $8,047,143 25 26 $48,685,000 64.6% $22,530,357 29.9% $3,500,000 4.6%
Calgary Flames CAL $75,141,306 $1,590,000 $0 $5,948,694 23 26 $43,928,333 58.5% $26,162,976 34.8% $5,049,997 6.7%
Los Angeles Kings LAK $74,476,893 $722,500 $5,800,000 $11,545,607 25 28 $45,056,894 60.5% $20,250,000 27.2% $8,424,999 11.3%
Nashville Predators NSH $74,454,999 $3,350,000 $0 $8,395,001 26 27 $43,454,999 58.4% $22,500,000 30.2% $8,500,000 11.4%
Chicago Blackhawks CHI $73,788,268 $5,625,000 $0 $11,336,732 25 27 $43,297,499 58.7% $20,565,769 27.9% $9,000,000 12.2%
Vegas Golden Knights VGK $73,437,500 $1,425,000 $0 $7,487,500 26 28 $47,512,500 64.7% $19,525,000 26.6% $6,400,000 8.7%
Minnesota Wild MIN $73,296,091 $425,000 $0 $6,628,909 22 29 $41,795,129 57.0% $26,517,629 36.2% $4,983,333 6.8%
New York Rangers NYR $72,557,498 $2,582,500 $0 $9,525,002 23 26 $35,201,665 48.5% $27,188,333 37.5% $9,292,500 12.8%
Montreal Canadiens MON $72,507,976 $3,107,500 $7,857,143 $17,956,667 25 27 $35,864,167 49.5% $17,493,809 24.1% $15,550,000 21.5%
Winnipeg Jets WPG $71,868,567 $4,095,000 $0 $11,726,433 21 26 $36,665,793 51.0% $29,258,330 40.7% $0 0.0%
Boston Bruins BOS $71,575,001 $4,037,500 $0 $11,962,499 24 27 $41,644,167 58.2% $19,255,834 26.9% $9,750,000 13.6%
Florida Panthers FLA $71,452,499 $325,000 $0 $8,372,501 22 28 $38,003,333 53.2% $24,108,333 33.7% $7,933,333 11.1%
Arizona Coyotes ARI $70,324,167 $3,842,500 $0 $13,018,333 27 27 $38,824,167 55.2% $22,887,500 32.6% $6,900,000 9.8%
Philadelphia Flyers PHI $69,523,751 $4,670,000 $0 $14,646,249 25 27 $43,374,167 62.4% $18,688,334 26.9% $7,461,250 10.7%
Colorado Avalanche COL $69,492,262 $2,195,000 $0 $12,202,738 23 26 $32,180,596 46.3% $28,078,333 40.4% $9,233,333 13.3%
New York Islanders NYI $69,090,833 $612,500 $0 $11,021,667 24 28 $43,707,500 63.3% $20,550,000 29.7% $4,833,333 7.0%
Vancouver Canucks VAN $68,971,667 $3,912,500 $0 $14,440,833 27 27 $41,280,000 59.9% $23,375,000 33.9% $4,316,667 6.3%
Columbus Blue Jackets CBJ $67,869,167 $3,350,000 $0 $14,980,833 21 25 $40,194,167 59.2% $18,675,000 27.5% $8,325,000 12.3%
Ottawa Senators OTT $67,452,499 $3,492,500 $0 $15,540,001 23 27 $49,375,833 73.2% $8,698,333 12.9% $7,250,000 10.8%
Carolina Hurricanes CAR $60,279,166 $4,920,000 $0 $24,140,834 21 25 $26,319,167 43.7% $28,484,999 47.3% $2,350,000 3.9%
New Jersey Devils NJD $59,413,335 $5,625,000 $1,416,667 $27,128,332 21 26 $31,563,334 53.1% $19,900,001 33.5% $7,250,000 12.2%

 

NHL Team Salaries, NHL Team Salary Caps

The team salaries page breaks down each team’s financial situation based on their salary cap hit. After the 2004-05 lockout, the league implemented a hard salary cap that teams aren’t allowed to go over. A cap hit for an individual player is determined by the player’s average annual salary, which stops teams from front- or back-loading contracts. This is done in order to create a competitive balance within the league. On this page you’ll also find how teams spend money based on position and how much free cap room teams have to make additions to their roster.

On this page, you can sort by which teams have the highest and which teams have the lowest cap hits. While the goal of the salary cap is to create a competitive balance, the reality here is that some teams operate with a tight internal budget. Teams like the Carolina Hurricanes and New Jersey Devils are smaller markets and will not spend to the upper limit whereas the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins will spend to the top. The league has also implemented a salary cap floor so that teams can’t have a payroll under a certain amount.

This year’s salary cap ceiling is $79.5 million. Teams can’t go above that figure. The only relief they can get is Bonus Cushion money, which is based on the total amount of player performance bonuses on a team. Teams with many players on entry-level deals will have a high bonus cushion to help them stay under the salary cap. Teams can also get a Long-Term Injured Reserve bonus. If a player is injured for a certain amount of time, they can go on the LTIR, and the league will give their team a salary cap bonus that allows them to sign or trade for a player to replace the injured player.

Salary caps operate on a day-by-day basis. The league’s season is broken down into 186 days and each player has a daily cap hit. To figure this out, simply divide the cap hit by 186 in order to see what a player is costing that team against the cap on that day. Often times, you’ll see teams send players to the AHL during long off periods in order to save daily cap expenditure that can be used at the trade deadline.

Teams are not allowed to go over or under the salary cap ceiling. If a team does go over, moves may not be approved by the league. Beyond that, trying to go over the salary cap or signing contracts in the summer that would put the team over the cap come October could result in a team forfeiting draft picks or having front office executives suspended or fined.