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NHL Fortune: $57,512,356

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Travis Zajac’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US$57,512,356 (US$64,843,680 in today's dollars), ranking #124 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Country of birth: Canada
Position: C
NHL Draft:
  • Year: 2004
  • Round #1
  • Overall Pick: 20
  • By: New Jersey Devils

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
2006-07 $984,200 $1,308,426 365
Source: NHLPA
2007-08 $984,200 $1,272,140 376
Source: NHLPA
2008-09 $984,200 $1,225,107 409
Source: NHLPA
2009-10 $2,750,000 $3,435,257 226 $1,765,800 179%
Source: NHLPA
2010-11 $3,500,000 $4,301,568 158 $750,000 27%
Source: NHLPA
2011-12 $4,500,000 $5,361,430 106 $1,000,000 29%
Source: NHLPA
2012-13 $2,809,756 $3,279,823 98 -$1,690,244 -38%
Because of the lockout, his NHL salary of $4,800,000 was prorated for the 48-game season.
Source: NHLPA
2013-14 $3,500,000 $4,026,442 205 $690,244 25%
Source: NHLPA
2015-16 $6,500,000 $7,349,591 55
Source: NHLPA
2016-17 $6,500,000 $7,258,031 62
Source: NHLPA
2017-18 $6,500,000 $7,106,723 73
Source: NHLPA
2018-19 $6,500,000 $6,937,199 84
Source: NHLPA
2019-20 $5,750,000 $6,027,537 141 -$750,000 -12%
Source: NHLPA
2020-21 $5,750,000 $5,954,405 99
Source: NHLPA
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 $5,750,000 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).
Career Total: US$57,512,356
(In today's dollars: US$64,843,680)

NHL Rank: 124
(In today's dollars: 155)

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