The Average Salary of an NHL Goalie

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Goaltender is the most important position in hockey. However, some goalies are compensated better than others, taking into consideration their experience and success on the ice. As of the 2010-11 season, the average salary for a National Hockey League (NHL) goaltender is $2.82 million.

Highest Pay

  • As of 2011, the highest-paid goalie in the NHL is Vancouver's Roberto Luongo, 32, with a salary of $10 million. He helped Vancouver capture the Presidents' Trophy as the top team in the regular season.

Rest of Top Five

  • New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is second among goalies, as of 2011, with a $7.75 million contract. Toronto's Jean-Sebastian Giguere and Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff each made $7 million. Thomas Vokoun in Florida rounded out the top five at $6.3 million.

Other Top Salaries

  • Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom earned $6 million in the 2010-11 season. Rick DiPietro of the New York Islanders made $4.5 million, and Edmonton paid Nikolai Khabibulin $3.75 million.

    Chicago's Corey Crawford in Chicago played for $850,000. Detroit Red Wings netminder Jimmy Howard earned $800,000, and James Reimer made $550,000 with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Washington's Michal Neuvirth made $765,000, as did Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason.

Considerations

  • Only one of the top five goaltenders in salary has won a Stanley Cup -- Giguere in 2007 with the Anaheim Ducks. Only five of the top 20 goalies in pay have hoisted the NHL's ultimate prize. Three of the five highest-paid goaltenders and 11 of the top 20 failed to make the playoffs in the 2010-11 season.

    Michael Leighton and The Philadelphia Flyers went to the Stanley Cup Final last season before losing to Chicago in six games. The Flyers re-signed Leighton to a two-year contract with a $1.5 million salary in 2010-11.

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