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NHL Fortune: $42,648,063

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Christian Ehrhoff’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US $42,648,063 (US $50,619,736 in today's dollars), ranking #258 in NHL / hockey career earnings. He is currently under contract for US $5,142,852 which will bring his hockey fortune to US $47,790,915.

Country of birth: Germany
Position: D
NHL Draft:
  • Year: 2001
  • Round #4
  • Overall Pick: 106
  • By: San Jose Sharks

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
2005-06 $608,000 $841,530 504
Source: La Presse
2006-07 $800,000 $1,072,672 439 $192,000 32%
Source: NHLPA
2007-08 $900,000 $1,173,290 409 $100,000 13%
Source: NHLPA
2008-09 $2,750,000 $3,452,508 219 $1,850,000 206%
Source: NHLPA
2009-10 $3,150,000 $3,968,700 203 $400,000 15%
Source: NHLPA
2010-11 $3,400,000 $4,214,528 185 $250,000 8%
Source: NHLPA
2011-12 $10,000,000 $12,016,538 2 $6,600,000 194%
During the summer, prior to the season, signed a ten-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres for $40M.
Source: NHLPA / The Hockey News / Book: Hockey Facts & Stats
2012-13 $4,682,927 $5,513,285 14 -$5,317,073 -53%
Because of the lockout, his NHL salary of $8,000,000 was prorated for the 48-game season.
Source: NHLPA
2013-14 $4,000,000 $4,641,140 154 -$682,927 -15%
After the season, on June 29, 2014, the Buffalo Sabres bought out the 7 years left on his contract. Per the buyout, he is paid two-third of the remaining salary owed ($18M) resulting in $12M to be paid in equals yearly payments or $857,142 over 14 years.
Source: NHLPA / USA Today
2014-15 $4,857,142 $5,545,685 131 $857,142 21%
On July 1, 2014, as a free agent, signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins for $4M. Earned his $4M salary plus $857,142 from the Buffalo Sabres for his 2014 buyout.
Source: NHLPA / USA Today
2015-16 $2,357,142 $2,688,109 343 -$2,500,000 -51%
On August 23, 2015, as a free agent, signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings for $1.5M. Earned his $1.5M salary plus $857,142 from the Buffalo Sabres for his 2014 buyout. He never played again in the NHL after the season, playing two more years in Germany before retiring.
Source: NHLPA / USA Today
2016-17 $857,142 $965,316 609 -$1,500,000 -64%
From the Buffalo Sabres for his 2014 buyout.
Source: USA Today
2017-18 $857,142 $945,192 591
From the Buffalo Sabres for his 2014 buyout.
Source: USA Today
2018-19 $857,142 $922,645 746
From the Buffalo Sabres for his 2014 buyout.
Source: USA Today
2019-20 $857,142 $906,225 701
From the Buffalo Sabres for his 2014 buyout.
Source: USA Today
2020-21 $857,142 $895,230 707
From the Buffalo Sabres for his 2014 buyout.
Source: USA Today
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the NHL played a 56-game season instead of 82. Base salaries were not pro-rated but 10% of $857,142 was deferred and payable in three yearly payments, starting in October 2022, without interests. Escrow for the season was increased to 20% and performance bonuses were pro-rated (amounts and targets to reach).
2021-22 $857,142 $857,142 735
From the Buffalo Sabres for his 2014 buyout.
Source: USA Today
Career Total: US $42,648,063
(In today's dollars: US $50,619,736)

NHL Rank: 258
(In today's dollars: 266)
Under Contract
2022-23 $857,142
From the Buffalo Sabres for his 2014 buyout.
Source: USA Today
2023-24 $857,142
From the Buffalo Sabres for his 2014 buyout.
Source: USA Today
2024-25 $857,142
From the Buffalo Sabres for his 2014 buyout.
Source: USA Today
2025-26 $857,142
From the Buffalo Sabres for his 2014 buyout.
Source: USA Today
2026-27 $857,142
From the Buffalo Sabres for his 2014 buyout.
Source: USA Today
2027-28 $857,142
From the Buffalo Sabres for his 2014 buyout.
Source: USA Today
Under contract for: US $5,142,852

Projected fortune at end of contract: US $47,790,915

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