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NHL Fortune: $3,830,875

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Mike Keenan’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US$3,830,875 (US$7,001,814 in today's dollars), ranking #1754 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

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Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1987-88 $220,000 $500,838
As coach of the Philadelphia Flyers. According to Bergeron, Keenan, Jacques Demers and Bergeron were the best-paid NHL coaches.
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
1988-89 $200,000 $437,443
Signed a 5-year deal as the coach of the Chicago Blackhawks for $200,000 per season.
Source: The Hockey News 1989 Yearbook
1989-90 $200,000 $417,295 180
As coach of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Source: The Hockey News 1989 Yearbook
1990-91 $200,000 $395,928 245
As coach of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Source: The Hockey News 1989 Yearbook
1991-92 $200,000 $379,852 323
As coach of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Source: The Hockey News 1989 Yearbook
1992-93 $200,000 $368,672 496
Was fired as coach of the Chicago Blackhawks after the 1991-92 season but was paid with a guaranteed contract. Did not coach that season.
Source: The Hockey News 1989 Yearbook
1993-94 $2,010,875 $3,600,533 12 $1,810,875 905%
As coach of the New York Rangers, who won the Stanley Cup. Before the season, he signed a 5-year contract with base salaries of $750k, $850k, $900k, $950k, and 1M. In 1993-94, he earned $660,875 (signing bonus) + $750k (base salary) and a series of bonuses: $50k (first place in the overall standings), $40k (first place in East Conference), $25k (first place in Atlantic division), $50k (winning first round), $75k (winning second round), $100k (winning 3rd round), $200k (winning Stanley Cup), and $60k (various other bonuses.) The Rangers also loaned him $975,000 at a 5% interest rate to purchase a $1.3M house and gave him $850/month for car expenses. After the season, Keenan claimed that the Rangers breached the contract by missing a bonus payment deadline. He immediately negoatiated with Detroit and St.Louis and signed a five-year contract with the Blues. The Rangers asked the NHL to investigate and filed a lawsuit for breach of contract. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman reviewed the case and decided to allow Keenan to become St.Louis's coach and GM. In compensation, Bettman approved a trade sending Petr Nedved to New York, from St.Louis, in exchange for Esa Tikkanen and Doug Lidster. The Rangers were also ordered to pay $608,000 in bonus with Keenan returning $400,000 of it. Keenan was also suspended for 60 days and fined $100,000. The Blues and Red Wings were fined $250,000 and $25,000 respectively for tampering with Keene's contract, and the Rangers were fined $25,000 for filing a lawsuit while requesting the NHL to investigate.
Source: NY Times / La Presse
2000-01 $600,000 $901,254 503
As coach of the Boston Bruins.
Source: The Hockey News
Total:
US$3,830,875

In today's dollars:
US$7,001,814
NHL Rank:
1754

In today's dollars:
1492

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