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NHL Fortune: $101,429,000

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Ilya Kovalchuk’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US $101,429,024 (US $116,437,158 in today's dollars), ranking #7 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Season   Salary
($US)
In today's
$
NHL
Rank
+/-
($)
+/-
(%)
2001-02 $1,130,000 $1,631,513 298
2002-03 $1,130,000 $1,606,120 330
2003-04 $1,130,000 $1,570,332 350
2004-05 NHL lockout year: Season cancelled - no NHL salary paid.
2004-05 $3,000,000 $4,060,879 2 $1,870,000 165%
With Kazan Ak-Bars of the Russian Superleague to play for the whole season.
Source: Sports Illustrated
2005-06 $6,500,000 $8,510,241 12 $3,500,000 117%
2006-07 $5,000,000 $6,341,766 32 ($1,500,000) -23%
Source: NHLPA
2007-08 $5,500,000 $6,784,129 36 $500,000 10%
Source: NHLPA
2008-09 $7,500,000 $8,907,339 13 $2,000,000 36%
Source: NHLPA
2009-10 $7,500,000 $8,940,559 13
Source: NHLPA
2010-11 $6,000,000 $7,034,388 44 ($1,500,000) -20%
Source: NHLPA
2011-12 $6,000,000 $6,821,699 49
Source: NHLPA
2012-13 $6,439,024 $7,170,987 7 $439,024 7%
Lockout: NHL salary prorated for 48-game season.
Voluntarily retired from the NHL after the 2012-13 season, forfeiting the 12 years and $US77 million remaining on his contract with the New Jersey Devils.
Source: NHLPA / Forbes
2013-14 $10,300,000 $11,303,476 5 $3,860,976 60%
With St. Petersburg SKA in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Might have also earned bonuses. According to Forbes, he signed a 4-year agreement with SKA St. Petersburg for $US4.4 million per season. According to SovSport, he earned between $US15M and $US20M/year, some of it possibly paid off book to remain under the KHL salary cap.
Source: Sports.ru
2014-15 $4,400,000 $4,753,190 152 ($5,900,000) -57%
With SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). According to SovSport, he earned between $US15M and $US20M/year, some of it possibly paid off book to remain under the KHL salary cap.
Source: Forbes
2015-16 $4,400,000 $4,747,173 178
With SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). According to SovSport, he earned between $US15M and $US20M/year, some of it possibly paid off book to remain under the KHL salary cap.
Source: Forbes
2016-17 $5,500,000 $5,859,792 112 $1,100,000 25%
Earned 330 million rubles as base salary with the St. Petersburg SKA in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Based on the 2016 exchange rate of 60 rubles per $US. According to Forbes, he earned $US 4.4M. According to SovSport, he earned between $US15M and $US20M/year, some of it possibly paid off book to remain under the KHL salary cap.
Source: Russian sports news site Sportfakt
2017-18 $5,500,000 $5,737,862 127
With SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Estimated minimum salary based on documented 2016-17 salary.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
2018-19 $8,500,000 $8,655,715 27 $3,000,000 55%
July 1, 2018: Signed 3-year deal with Los Angeles for $18.75M
Source: NHLPA / Los Angeles Times
2019-20 $6,000,000 $6,000,000 56 ($2,500,000) -29%
Base salary of $700,000 (with Los Angeles until mid-December and Montreal starting in January) plus $2.65M bonus paid on September 15, 2019 and $2.65M bonus paid on December 15, 2019 by the Kings. The L.A. Kings terminated his contract in mid-December 2019 and he became a free agent. In early January 2020, he signed a two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens for $US 700,000 in the NHL and $US 70,000 in the AHL.
Source: NHLPA / Los Angeles Times / Pierre LeBrun / Montreal Gazette
Total:
US $101,429,024

In today's dollars:
US $116,437,158
NHL Rank:
7

In today's dollars:
10