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Highest-Paid Players In Finnish Elite League


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TPS Turku’s pricey Canadian legionnaire COREY LOCKE (84), the 28-year-old center who skated in just nine National Hockey League contests (0 go, 1 as) for the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators over the course of eight years as a professional in the North American ranks, reportedly had the distinct honor of being the player with the highest annual salary in the entire Finnish elite league until his very recent transfer to defending Deutsche Eishockey Liga champions Eisbaeren Berlin in Germany; the diminutive Locke, who missed more than half of last season with the Binghamton Senators in the American Hockey League on account of injury, had a sensational 2010/11 campaign for Binghamton and won both the AHL scoring title as well as the AHL Most Valuable Player award that year.
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According to a report published by the Finnish sports magazine “VEIKKAAJA” at the beginning of this 2012/13 ice hockey campaign, the list of the highest paid players in the entire SM-LIIGA this season would comprise of the following :

330,000 Euro – $ 438,040 … 28 – c, Corey LOCKE (Can), TPS Turku
300,000 Euro – $ 398,220 … 27 – c, Stephen DIXON (Can), Assat Pori
280,000 Euro – $ 371,670 … 37 – c, Eric PERRIN (Can), JYP Jyvaskyla
280,000 Euro – $ 371,670 … 39 – lw, Ville PELTONEN, IFK Helsinki
280,000 Euro – $ 371,670 … 32 – d, Ossi VAANANEN, Jokerit Helsinki
270,000 Euro – $ 358,400 … 31 – c, Ilari FILPPULA, Jokerit Helsinki
260,000 Euro – $ 345,125 … 31 – g, Johan BACKLUND (Swe), Karpat Oulu
250,000 Euro – $ 331,850 … 32 – c, Riku HAHL, Jokerit Helsinki
250,000 Euro – $ 331,850 … 37 – lw, Jarkko RUUTU, Jokerit Helsinki
240,000 Euro – $ 318,575 … 35 – g, Petri VEHANEN, Lukko Rauma

(Note — conversion rates from Euros into U.S. dollars are rounded off and as of January 14, 2013)

Jokerit Helsinki center ILARI FILPPULA, the 31-year-old whose younger brother, Valterri, is an experienced veteran earning a reported $ 3.0 million U.S. dollars with the Detroit Red Wings in the National Hockey League this term, is currently the leading scorer in the crack SM-liiga with 47 points this season. Assat Pori’s productive legionnaire STEPHEN DIXON, the 27-year-old center who appeared with the national select side of Canada for the 2012 Deutschland Cup earlier this past fall, is one of three players tied for second in the Finnish elite league with 42 points this term. Dixon, who skated three years in the American Hockey League (240 ga, 46 go, 115 pts) with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Penguins and Portland Pirates before signing with Swedish Elitserien club IF Brynas Galve in the summer of 2008, also leads the SM-liiga with 33 assists this season, as well.

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TPS Turku’s expensive Canadian legionnaire COREY LOCKE (84), the former American Hockey League MVP and scoring champion who managed to register five goals and 17 points in 37 Finnish elite league games this season until his departure for Deutschland, skates in on IFK Helsinki goaltender JONI ORTIO, the talented 21-year-old who is out on loan from the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League, during an SM-liiga contest earlier this season.
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With TPS TURKU stuck in twelfth place out of fourteen teams and on the outside looking in on the Suomen mestaruus liiga (Finnish championship league) playoff picture at present, it is, perhaps, not so hard to understand why underachieving Canadian legionnaire COREY LOCKE might have suddenly become available for immediate transfer to defending German champion Eisbaeren Berlin …

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SC Bern : Europe’s Best Ten Years Running, Beat Eight NHL Teams


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For no less than a 10th consecutive season, the well-supported Swiss Nationalliga A outfit SCHLITTSCHUH CLUB BERN led all European professional ice hockey teams at the box office in terms of average attendance per contest. This in a year which saw a record seven teams in five different countries surpass the noteworthy milestone of at least 10,000 spectators on average. The German Bundesliga club Koelner Haie (Cologne Sharks) were the last team other than the 12-times national champion of Switzerland to lead the entire continent at the gate but, indeed, only just beat out SC Bern by a mere 64 spectators to claim the honor at the end of the 2001-02 campaign.

With the National Hockey League regular season having just ended, it is now known that SC Bern also beat eight National Hockey League clubs in average attendance. That figure represents more than 1/4 of all NHL teams for this 2011/12 campaign. Although the average for the Swiss side dropped slightly to 15,779 per game this season, this total was also two and a half times more than the average gate for a Nationalliga A game in Switzerland this term.

SC BERN (Switzerland) ……………………………….. 15,779
DYNAMO MINSK (Belarus) …………………………… 14,193
EISBAEREN BERLIN (Germany) …………………….. 14,073
KOELNER HAIE (Germany) ………………………….. 10,494
VASTRA FROLUNDA GOTEBORG (Sweden) …….. 10,482
SKA ST. PETERSBURG (Russia) …………………… 10,126
ADLER MANNHEIM (Germany) ………………………. 10,018
HAMBURG FREEZERS (Germany) …………………… 9,221
JOKERIT HELSINKI (Finland) ………………………….. 9,173
HC AVANGARD OMSK (Russia) ………………………. 9,143

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The National Hockey League, which was first established in 1917, has always advertised its product as the finest in all the world. Certainly, the multi-million dollar salaries paid to players in the NHL provides signifcant weight to that promotional claim. And yet for this 2011/12 season, the traditionally-popular Swiss club SC BERN, who were officially founded on the first day of 1931, still managed to outdraw the Colorado Avalanche, New Jersey Devils, Winnipeg Jets, Anaheim Ducks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, New York Islanders and Phoenix Coyotes.

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Europe : 2009-10 Attendance Leaders

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POSTFINANCE ARENA in Bern, Switzerland. Nationalliga A squad SC Bern again finished first in average attendance per game for all European professional ice hockey clubs. At right on the second level would be the popular (and steep) standing-room-only section; PostFinance Arena has an official capacity of 17,131 but only 6,709 fixed seats.

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IIHF Press Release — IIHF.COM — March 22, 2010

“AUSTRIAN LEAGUE CRACKS TOP SEVEN — SWISS SC BERN UNCHALLENGED AS TOP EURO DRAW”

Swiss National League A club SC Bern tops the IIHF’s annual list of Europe’s top drawing clubs for the eighth consecutive season. Despite dropping by around 500 fans per game from last year, SC Bern is still the unchallenged leader averaging 15,709 in the 17,131 PostFinance Arena during the 2009-10 season.

The list is compiled by the IIHF and is based on the numbers submitted by the leagues, which all have now completed their regular-season campaigns.

Second-placed EISBAEREN BERLIN (German DEL-league) is the only among the top clubs that shows an increase from last season. The German champion has for the first time climbed above the 14,000 mark, averaging 14,060 in their 14,200 02 World Arena, 99.01% of the arena capacity.

Swedish Elitserien club Vastra Frolunda Indians (Gothenburg) has regained third place with 11,399 fans per game, but the number is boosted by the December 28 game at the Ullevi Stadium which attracted a new European club outdoor record of 31,144 spectators. Vastra Frolunda has dropped in attendance for the second consecutive year after recording an all-time high of 11,688 in 2007-2008.

The clubs who are playing in the 2010 IIHF World Championships venues in Germany — ADLER MANNHEIM and KOELNER HAIE — round up the top five positions on the list, being the last two clubs who average over 10,000 spectators. But the Cologne club, playing out of the 18,500 Lanxess Arena, has seen a continuous attendance drop in the last three years, going from 12,711 fans per game in 2007 to the current 10,076.

Russian KHL-club SKA St. Petersburg is the biggest climber of the top clubs, advancing from position 18 to six, thanks to their increase from last year’s 6,614 to 9,400 in the current season. It should be noted that many of the KHL clubs announce estimated attendance figures after each game. 

Swedish Malmo Red Hawks is the highest non-top-league club on the list. The second-tier Allsvenskan club is 39th with an average of 5,592 spectators.

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TOP 25 EUROPEAN CLUBS BY AVERAGE ATTENDANCE :

  • 15,709 — SWZ — SC Bern
  • 14,060 — GER — Eisbaeren Berlin
  • 11,399 — SWE — HC Vastra Frolunda Goteborg
  • 11,094 — GER — Adler Mannheim  
  • 10,076 — GER — Koelner Haie
  •   9,400 — RUS — SKA St. Petersburg
  •   9,202 — RUS — Avangard Omsk
  •   8,682 — CZE — HC Pardubice
  •   8,594 — RUS — Torpedo Yaroslavl
  •   8,241 — RUS — Salavat Yulayev Ufa
  •   8,233 — FIN  —  Jokerit Helsinki
  •   7,749 — SWZ — SC Zurich
  •   7,500 — LAT —  Dynamo Riga
  •   7,158 — CZE —  HC Brno
  •   7,100 — RUS —  Amur Khabarovsk
  •   7,034 — SWE — Djurgarden Stockholm
  •   7,020 — CZE —  HC Plzen
  •   6,993 — GER — Hamburg Freezers
  •   6,969 — SWZ — HC Fribourg Gotteron
  •   6,939 — SWE — HV 71 Jonkoping
  •   6,899 — SWE — HC Linkoping
  •   6,784 — SWE — BK Farjestad Karlstad
  •   6,557 — RUS —  Sibir Novosibirsk
  •   6,554 — SWZ — HC Servette Geneva
  •   6,525 — CZE —  Sparta Prague

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The SCANDINAVIUM ARENA in Goteborg, Sweden, which is home to HC Vastra Frolunda --- the Indians.

The SCANDINAVIUM ARENA in Goteborg, Sweden, which is home to HC Vastra Frolunda --- the Indians.

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A shot from inside the Scandinavium Arena in Goteborg. Note there is a ring of separation between the spectators and dasherboards.

A shot from inside the Scandinavium Arena in Goteborg. Note there is a ring of separation between the spectators and dasherboards.

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 AVERAGE ATTENDANCE BY COUNTRY (LEAGUE) :

  • 6,190 avg — SWEDEN — Elitserien
  • 6,181 avg — SWITZERLAND — Nationalliga A
  • 5,807 avg — GERMANY — Deutsche Eishockey Liga
  • 5,474 avg — RUSSIA — Kontinental Hockey League *
  • 5,240 avg — CZECH REPUBLIC — Extraliga
  • 4,951 avg — FINLAND — SM Liiga
  • 3,301 avg — AUSTRIA — Erste Bank Eishockey Liga *
  • 2,364 avg — SLOVAKIA — Extraliga

* NOTES — The 24-team Kontinental Hockey League is primarily based in Russia but does have one team each from Belarus, Kazakhstan and Latvia.

The majority of the ten Erste Bank Eishockey Liga teams are located in Austria; two EBEL teams are from Slovenia and the league also boasts one squad each from Croatia and Hungary.

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SC Bern Beats 1/3 of NHL At Box Office

SC BERN of Switzerland's National Liga A will lead all of European professional ice hockey in average attendace per game this year for no less than the eighth consecutive season.

SC BERN of Switzerland's National Liga A will lead all of European professional ice hockey in average attendace per game this year for no less than the eighth consecutive season.

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Although the official pronouncement from the International Ice Hockey Federation will still be a little while in forthcoming, it is certain that SCHLITTSCHUHCLUB BERN of Switzerland will, once again, reign as the Emperor of Attendance for European professional ice hockey clubs.

For a 8th consecutive season now, the National Liga A side sets the standard at the box office for an entire continent boasting a figure — 15,709 — which certain National Hockey League clubs would easily envy. This despite the fact that attendance for SC Bern at the PostFinance Arena actually fell by an average of four hundred fans per game from last season’s number. Currently, no fewer than 11 National Hockey League clubs are carrying an average per-game attendance total lower than that of  the 11-time Swiss champion.

Last spring, SC Bern established a new record for all of Europe at the gate by attracting an average audience of 16,172 per game after just missing the magic sixteen thousand mark by only six people three years prior for the 2005-06 slate :

  • 2004-05 — 15,360 avg
  • 2005-06 — 15,994 avg
  • 2006-07 — 15,815 avg
  • 2007-08 — 15,939 avg
  • 2008-09 — 16,172 avg
  • 2009-10 — 15,709 avg

POSTFINANCE ARENA, is the largest rink in Switzerland as well as one of the largest indoor facilities used for ice hockey in all of Europe. The ice rink was originally built in 1967 and known as the Eisstadion Allmend until 2003. Later, the stadium was referred to as the Bern Arena until the change to its present name to start the 2007-08 season.

In light of the arena’s age and with the 2009 IIHF World Championships scheduled to take place in Switzerland, the stadium owners in Bern invested 105 million Swiss francs (CHF) for extension and restoration of the building. This work was completed successfully before and during the 2008-2009 league schedule. The overall spectator capacity remained largely unchanged; the majority of construction focused on renovation and expansion of the so-called VIP Zone, which now includes 21 luxury boxes. 

The total capacity now for PostFinance Arena would be 17,131. Oddly enough, the stadium still has only 6,709 fixed seats. The facility does, however, host a world-famous standing-room-only section that is traditionally well-stocked with SC Bern supporters for each and every game.

The city of Bern proper has a population of roughly 130,000 and is the fourth-largest Swiss city. The metropolitan area surrounding Bern, which comprises 43 municipalities, has a population of approximately 349,000.

Bern serves as the Bundesstadt, i.e, the capital city, for the nation of Switzerland. 

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An excellent shot of the main grandstand (the second level) at the POSTFINANCE ARENA located in Bern, Switzerland. One unique characteristic the SC Bern’s home rink is that PostFinance Arena’s grandstand is the largest standing-room-only section in the world for an indoor ice hockey rink. The steep grandstand officially holds 10,422 people and is reputed to be extremely popular with the local club’s supporters. (de.wikipedia photo) 

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Fans at the PostFinance Arena proudly display a huge banner stating "Hier Spielt Bern" --- Bern plays here. (EQ Images)

Fans at the PostFinance Arena proudly display a huge banner stating "Hier Spielt Bern" --- Bern plays here. (EQ Images)

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Swedish Salaries In The NHL

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NHL roster status as of Dec 12

  • $ 7,450,000 — 39 — def — Nicklas LIDSTROM — Detroit
  • $ 6,875,000 — 27 — gk — Henrik LUNDQVIST — NY Rangers
  • $ 6,100,000 — 29 — for — Daniel SEDIN — Vancouver
  • $ 6,100,000 — 29 — for — Henrik SEDIN — Vancouver
  • $ 6,083,333 — 29 — for — Henrik ZETTERBERG — Detroit
  • $ 5,400,000 — 37 — for — Daniel ALFREDSSON — Ottawa
  • $ 4,875,000 — 37 — for — Mikael NYLANDER — Washington
  • $ 4,850,000 — 33 — def — Kim JOHNSSON — Minnesota
  • $ 4,750,000 — 31 — for — Kristian HUSELIUS — Columbus
  • $ 3,954,545 — 29 — for — Johan FRANZEN — Detroit
  • $ 3,750,000 — 25 — def — Tobias ENSTROM — Atlanta
  • $ 3,607,142 — 33 — def — Mattias OHLUND — Tampa Bay
  • $ 3,500,000 — 18 — def — Victor HEDMAN — Tampa Bay
  • $ 3,500,000 — 28 — def — Johnny ODUYA — New Jersey
  • $ 3,250,000 — 35 — for — Fredrik MODIN — Columbus
  • $ 3,250,000 — 23 — def — Alexander EDLER — Vancouver
  • $ 3,000,000 — 28 — def — Niklas KRONWALL — Detroit
  • $ 2,650,000 — 31 — for — Samuel PAHLSSON — Columbus
  • $ 2,562,000 — 30 — def — Henrik TALLINDER — Buffalo 
  • $ 2,500,000 — 29 — def — Douglas MURRAY — San Jose
  • $ 2,500,000 — 25 — gk — Jonas GUSTAVSSON — Toronto
  • $ 2,500,000 — 32 — for — Mikael SAMUELSSON — Vancouver
  • $ 2,400,000 — 22 — for — Nicklas BACKSTROM — Washington
  • $ 2,250,000 — 36 — for — Tomas HOLMSTROM — Detroit
  • $ 2,250,000 — 24 — for — Fabian BRUNNSTROM — Dallas
  • $ 2,000,000 — 24 — for — Robert NILSSON — Edmonton
  • $ 1,725,000 — 34 — def — Niclas WALLIN — Carolina
  • $ 1,600,000 — 24 — for — Loui ERIKSSON — Dallas
  • $ 1,300,000 — 19 — def — Erik KARLSSON — Ottawa
  • $ 1,246,666 — 21 — for — Patrik BERGLUND — St. Louis
  • $ 1,250,000 — 34 — def — Andreas LILJA — Detroit
  • $ 1,087,000 — 36 — gk — Johan HEDBERG — Atlanta
  • $ 975,000 — 24 — def — Nicklas GROSSMAN — Dallas
  • $ 900,000 — 25 — def — Jonathan ERICSSON — Detroit
  • $ 875,000 — 20 — for — Oscar MOLLER — Los Angeles
  • $ 818,333 — 22 — for — Nicklas BERGFORS — New Jersey
  • $ 800,000 — 28 — gk — Johan BACKLUND — Philadelphia
  • $ 800,000 — 29 — for — Rickard WALLIN — Toronto
  • $ 800,000 — 23 — def — Carl GUNNARSSON — Toronto
  • $ 750,000 — 26 — for — Fredrik SJOSTROM — Calgary
  • $ 750,000 — 27 — gk — Erik ERSBERG — Los Angeles
  • $ 731,666 — 23 — def — Anton STRALMAN — Columbus
  • $ 713,333 — 22 — for — Patric HORNQVIST — Nashville
  • $ 643,333 — 22 — def — Niklas HJALMARSSON — Chicago
  • $ 600,000 — 22 — for — Tom WANDELL — Dallas
  • $ 500,000 — 27 — def — Staffan KRONWALL — Calgary

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Finns’ Finances In NHL

KIMMO TIMONEN was a 10th round draft pick (# 250 overall) by the Los Angeles Kings in 1993. Timonen, who was a runner-up at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, has collected three silver medals from the World Championships ('98, '99, '01) in addition to a silver medal from the Olympics ('06). Timonen, who was selected to the All-Star squad at the Turin Games, will be looking to strike gold in Vancouver.

KIMMO TIMONEN was a 10th round draft pick (# 250 overall) by the Los Angeles Kings in 1993. Timonen, who was a runner-up at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, has collected three silver medals from the World Championships ('98, '99, '01) in addition to a silver medal from the Olympics ('06). Timonen, who was selected to the All-Star squad at the Turin Games, will be looking to strike gold in Vancouver.

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NHL roster status as of Dec 11

  • $ 6,333,333 — 34 — def — Kimmo TIMMONEN — Philadelphia
  • $ 6,000,000 — 31 — gk — Niklas BACKSTROM — Minnesota
  • $ 5,833,333 — 33 — gk — Miikka KIPRUSOFF — Calgary
  • $ 5,250,o00 — 31 — for — Olli JOKINEN — Calgary
  • $ 4,000,000 — 26 — def — Joni PITKANEN — Carolina
  • $ 4,000,000 — 32 — gk — Vesa TOSKALA — Toronto
  • $ 3,800,000 — 26 — for — Tuomo RUUTU — Carolina
  • $ 3,500,000 — 35 — def — Sami SALO — Vancouver
  • $ 3,250,000 — 35 — for — Saku KOIVU — Anaheim
  • $ 3,250,000 — 26 — for — Mikko KOIVU — Minnesota
  • $ 3,200,000 — 22 — gk — Tuuka RASK — Boston
  • $ 3,000,000 — 30 — for — Niklas HAGMAN — Toronto
  • $ 3,000,000 — 26 — gk — Kari LEHTONEN — Atlanta
  • $ 3,000,000 — 25 — for — Valtteri FILPPULA — Detroit
  • $ 2,875,000 — 32 — def — Toni LYDMAN — Buffalo
  • $ 2,625,000 — 39 — for — Teemu SELANNE — Anaheim
  • $ 2,500,000 — 36 — for — Jere LEHTINEN — Dallas
  • $ 2,333,333 — 29 — for — Antti MIETTINEN — Minnesota
  • $ 1,700,000 — 26 — for — Jussi JOKINEN — Carolina
  • $ 1,300,000 — 34 — for — Jarkko RUUTU — Ottawa
  • $ 875,000 — 25 — def — Ilkka HEIKKINEN — NY Rangers
  • $ 862,500 — 25 — for — Sean BERGENHEIM — NY Islanders
  • $ 850,000 — 23 — for — Petteri NOKELAINEN — Anaheim
  • $ 826,875 — 26 — gk — Antti NIEMI — Chicago
  • $ 800,000 — 26 — for — Ville LEINO — Detroit
  • $ 725,000 — 27 — gk — Pekka RINNE — Nashville
  • $ 700,000 — 23 — for — Lauri KORPIKOSKI — Phoenix
  • $ 612,500 — 25 — def — Anssi SALMELA — Atlanta
  • $ 600,000 — 29 — gk — Antero NIITYMAKI — Tampa Bay
  • $ 550,000 — 25 — def — Sami LEPISTO — Phoenix
  • $ 500,000 — 28 — for — Ilkka PIKKARAINEN — New Jersey
  • $ 500,000 — 28 — for — Miko PYORALA — Philadelphia

NOTE — Players are listed according to NHL club’s salary cap hit for 2009-2010 season.

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A Belarusian’s NHL Bank Account

Belarus center ANDREI KOSTITSYN (23) keeps his eye on the airborne puck at the 2008 IIHF World Championships in Canada. Sweden defeated Belarus 6-5 in this match. The two nations are drawn together in Group C at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games this February in Vancouver.

Belarus center ANDREI KOSTITSYN (23) keeps his eye on the airborne puck at the 2008 IIHF World Championships in Canada. Sweden defeated Belarus 6-5 in this match. The two nations are drawn together in Group C at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games this February in Vancouver.

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NHL roster status as of Dec 10

  • $ 3,250,000 — 24 — for — Andrei KOSTITSYN — Montreal
  • $ 3,025,000 — 35 — def — Ruslan SALEI — Colorado
  • $ 2,900,000 — 25 — for — Mikhail GRABOVSKI — Toronto
  • $ 816,666 — 22 — for — Sergei KOSTITSYN — Montreal

NOTE — Players are listed according to NHL club’s salary cap hit for 2009-2010 season.

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What German NHLers Garner

JOCHEN HECHT has appeared at 10 major international tournaments for Germany (54 ga, 15 go 6 as, 21 pts) beginning with the 1996 IIHF World Championships in Vienna, Austria.

JOCHEN HECHT has appeared at 10 major international tournaments for Germany (54 ga, 15 go 6 as, 21 pts) beginning with the 1996 IIHF World Championships in Vienna, Austria.

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NHL roster status as of Dec 7

  • $ 3,525,000 — 32 — for — Jochen HECHT — Buffalo
  • $ 3,500,000 — 31 — for — Marco STURM — Boston
  • $ 3,100,000 — 27 — def — Christian EHRHOFF — Vancouver
  • $ 2,250,000 — 28 — def — Dennis SEIDENBERG — Florida
  • $ 833,333 — 27 — def — Christoph SCHUBERT — Atlanta
  • $ 650,000 — 25 — def — Alexander SULZER — Nashville
  • $ 550,000 — 26 — for — Marcel GOC — Nashville
  • $ 550,000 — 23 — gk — Thomas GREISS — San Jose

NOTE — Players are listed according to NHL club’s salary cap hit for 2009-2010 season.

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Loot For NHL Latvians

Two-time Olympian KARLIS SKRASTINS (7), now 35, appeared at the C Pool IIHF World Championships as an 18-year-old for Latvia in 1993.

Two-time Olympian KARLIS SKRASTINS (7), now 35, appeared at the C Pool IIHF World Championships as an 18-year-old for Latvia in 1993.

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NHL roster status as of Dec 7

  • $ 1,375,000 — 35 — def — Karlis SKRASTINS — Dallas
  • $ 600,000 — 30 — for — Raitis IVANANS — Los Angeles
  • $ 500,000 — 22 — def — Oskars BARTULIS — Philadelphia

NOTE — Players are listed according to NHL club’s salary cap hit for 2009-2010 season.

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What NHL Russians Rake In

ALEXANDER OVECHKIN, the highest paid Russian in the National Hockey League, sports a retro jersey on opening day opposite Italy at the 2008 IIHF World Championships. Russia defeated Italy 7-1 on the way to their first IIHF WC title since 1993.

ALEXANDER OVECHKIN, the highest paid Russian in the National Hockey League, sports a retro jersey on opening day opposite Italy at the 2008 IIHF World Championships. Russia defeated Italy 7-1 on the way to their first IIHF WC title since 1993.

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NHL roster status as of Dec 4

  • $ 9,538,461 — 24 – for – Alexander OVECHKIN — WASHINGTON
  • $ 8,700,000 — 23 – for – Evgeny MALKIN — PITTSBURGH
  • $ 6,700,000 — 31 – for – Pavel DATSYUK — DETROIT
  • $ 6,389,300 — 26 – for – Ilya KOVALCHUK — ATLANTA
  • $ 5,750,000 — 30 – def – Andrei MARKOV — MONTREAL
  • $ 5,375,000 — 34 – gk – Evgeny NABOKOV — SAN JOSE
  • $ 5,000,000 — 36 – for – Alexei KOVALEV — OTTAWA
  • $ 5,000,000 — 35 – def – Sergei GONCHAR — PITTSBURGH
  • $ 4,600,000 — 25 – for – Alexander SEMIN — WASHINGTON
  • $ 4,250,000 — 29 – gk – Ilya BRYZGALOV — PHOENIX
  • $ 3,750,000 — 36 – gk – Nikolai KHABIBULIN — EDMONTON
  • $ 3,666,666 — 37 – for – Vyacheslav KOZLOV — ATLANTA
  • $ 3,150,000 — 26 – def – Denis GREBESHKOV — EDMONTON
  • $ 2,900,000 — 27 – for – Alexander FROLOV — LOS ANGELES
  • $ 2,843,750 — 26 – def – Fedor TYUTIN — COLUMBUS
  • $ 2,533,333 — 31 – for – Sergei SAMSONOV — CAROLINA
  • $ 2,500,000 — 27 – def – Anton VOLCHENKOV — OTTAWA
  • $ 1,487500 — 23 – for – Nikolai KULEMIN — TORONTO
  • $ 1,325,000 — 19 – def – Dmitri KULIKOV — FLORIDA
  • $ 950,000 — 26 – for – Evgeny ARTYUKHIN — ANAHEIM
  • $ 850,000 — 21 – for – Vladimir ZHARKOV — NEW JERSEY
  • $ 845,333 — 19 – for – Andrei LOKTIONOV — LOS ANGELES
  • $ 821,666 — 21 – for – Artem ANISIMOV — NY RANGERS
  • $ 821,666 — 21 – gk – Semyon VARLAMOV — WASHINGTON
  • $ 800,000 — 30 – for – Maxim AFINOGENOV — ATLANTA
  • $ 790,000 — 23 – for – Enver LISIN — NY RANGERS

NOTE — Players are listed according to NHL club’s salary cap hit for 2009-2010 season.

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