The top 10 most expensive defensive corps in the NHL

Some GMs like to build their team with a lot of offensive punch (Washington Capitals), others with a strong goalie tandem (Boston Bruins), and finally some GMs prefer to build their team with a very deep defensive corps. One month into the 2010-11 season, let’s have a look at the top 10 most expensive defensive brigades in the NHL and where they rank in the overall rankings.

I’ll use the top seven defensemen of each team as a reference and will take the financial numbers from CapGeek.com. Players on the long term injury list are included in the calculation.

1. Philadelphia Flyers – $24,89M 15 games 9 wins 4 losses 2 OTL 20 points (2nd EC)
Kimmo Timonen – $6,333,333
Chris Pronger – $4,921,429
Andrej Meszaros – $4,000,000
Matt Carle – $3,437,500
Braydon Coburn – $3,200,000
Matt Walker – $1,700,000
Sean O’Donell – $1,300,000

2. Toronto Maple Leafs – $24.28M 13 games 5 wins 5 losses 3 OTL 13 points (11th EC)
Dion Phaneuf – $6,500,000
Mike Komisarek – $4,500,000
Tomas Kaberle – $4,250,000
Francois Beauchemin – $3,800,000
Luke Scheen – $2,975,000
Brett Lebda – $1,450,000
Carl Gunnarsson – $800,000

3. Vancouver Canucks – $23.35M 13 games 8 wins 3 losses 2 OTL 18 points (3rd WC)
Dan Hamhuis – $4,500,000
Keith Ballard – $4,200,000
Kevin Bieksa – $3,750,000
Sami Salo (LTIR) – $3,500,000
Alexander Edler – $3,250,000
Christian Ehrhoff – $3,100,000
Andrew Alberts – $1,050,000

4. Detroit Red Wings – $21.83M 13 games 9 wins 3 losses 1 OTL 19 points (4th WC)
Nicklas Lidstrom – $6,200,000
Brian Rafalski – $6,000,000
Brad Stuart – $3,750,000
Niklas Kronwall – $3,000,000
Ruslan Salei – $1,100,000
Jonathan Ericsson – $900,000
Jakub Kindl – $883,333

5. Calgary Flames – $21.59M 13 games 6 wins 7 losses 0 OTL 12 points (14th WC)
Jay Bouwmeester – $6,680,000
Robin Regehr – $4,020,000
Cory Sarich – $3,600,000
Ian White – $2,999,995
Steve Staios – $2,700,000
Mark Giordano – $891,667
Adam Pardy – $700,000

6. Chicago Blackhawks – $21.29M 17 games 8 wins 8 losses 1 OTL 17 points (5th WC)
Brian Campbell – $7,142,875
Duncan Keith – $5,538,462
Brent Seabrook – $3,500,000
Niklas Hjalmarsson – $3,500,000
Jordan Hendry – $600,000
John Scott – $512,500
Nick Boynton – $500,000

7. Atlanta Thrashers – $21.06M 14 games 6 wins 5 losses 3 OTL 15 points (8th EC)
Ron Hainsey – $4,500,000
Tobias Enstrom – $3,750,000
Johnny Oduya – $3,500,000
Zach Bogosian – $3,375,000
Dustin Byfuglien – $3,000,000
Brent Sopel – $2,333,333
Freddy Meyer – $600,000

8. Montreal Canadiens – $20.25M 14 games 8 wins 5 losses 1 OTL 17 points (3rd EC)
Andrei Markov – $5,750,000
Roman Hamrlik – $5,500,000
Jaroslav Spacek – $3,833,333
Hal Gill – $2,250,000
Josh Gorges – $1,100,000
Ryan O’Byrne – $941,667
P.K. Subban – $875,000

9. Pittsburgh Penguins – $19.11M 15 games 7 wins 7 losses 1 OTL 15 points (9th EC)
Paul Martin – $5,000,000
Zbynek Michalek – $4,000,000
Brooks Orpik – $3,750,000
Kristopher Letang – $3,500,000
Alex Goligoski – $1,833,333
Ben Lovejoy – $525,000
Deryk Engelland – $500,000

10. Boston Bruins – $18.58M 11 games 7 wins 3 losses 1 OTL 15 points (5th EC)
Zdeno Chara – $7,500,000
Dennis Seidenberg – $3,250,000
Andrew Ference – $2,250,000
Johnny Boychuk – $1,875,000
Mark Stuart – $1,675,000
Matt Hunwick – $1,450,000
Adam McQuaid – $575,000

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Find which defensemen are overpaid in the above list here The 20 most overpaid NHLers making more than $3.5M per year

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  2. James C Edgington says:

    Jay Bouwmeester is a little disappointing to his team at $6,680,000, don’t you think?

  3. Fred Poulin says:

    Bouwmeester is a good player, but I would not give him more than $4M per year!