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NHL Fortune: $39,447,857

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Keith Primeau’s net worth / career earnings / salary history. He made US$39,447,857 (US$57,496,840 in today's dollars), ranking #263 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Country of birth: Canada
Position: C
NHL Draft:
  • Year: 1990
  • Round #1
  • Overall Pick: 3
  • By: Detroit Red Wings

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1990-91 $155,000 $306,844 372
One-way contract.
Source: The Hockey News / Canadian Press
1991-92 $255,000 $484,311 230 $100,000 65%
1992-93 $200,000 $368,672 498 -$55,000 -22%
Amount includes salary and any signing bonus paid in 1992-93.
Source: The Hockey News / La Presse
1993-94 $225,000 $402,869 512 $25,000 13%
1994-95 $342,857 $598,323 214 $117,857 52%
Because of the lockout, his NHL salary of $600,000 was prorated for the 48-game season.
Source: Guide Hockey 1995-1996
1995-96 $700,000 $1,188,227 230 $357,143 104%
Source: La Presse
1996-97 $1,560,000 $2,572,583 100 $860,000 123%
Source: Guide Hockey RDS Made $800,000 according to La Presse)
1997-98 $1,760,000 $2,836,043 104 $200,000 13%
Includes base salary, signing bonus and bonuses paid in 1997-98.
Source: The Hockey News
1998-99 $2,000,000 $3,173,548 101 $240,000 14%
Includes base salary, signing bonus, bonuses paid in 1998-99, and deferred income paid in 1998-99.
Source: The Hockey News
1999-00 $3,500,000 $5,434,686 45 $1,500,000 75%
In January 2000, after holding out playing for the Carolina Hurricanes since the beginning of the season, he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers and signed a 5-year contract for $22.75M (remaining of 1999-2000 until the end of 2003-04)
Source: ESPN / The Sports Forecaster
2000-01 $4,250,000 $6,383,885 38 $750,000 21%
Source: The Hockey News Ultimate Fantasy Guide 2000-01
2001-02 $5,000,000 $7,303,891 40 $750,000 18%
2002-03 $5,000,000 $7,189,793 43
2003-04 $5,000,000 $7,030,333 48
2004-05 NHL lockout year: Season cancelled - no NHL salary paid.
2005-06 $3,420,000 $4,529,762 67
2006-07 $3,040,000 $3,900,622 111 -$380,000 -11%
He retired in September 2006 after failing to receive medical clearance to keep playing, because of multiple concussions. He had 2-years left on his contract and was paid since he retired involuntarily following an injury sustained during activity covered by his contract.
Source: NHLPA / CBC
2007-08 $3,040,000 $3,792,449 135
He still had 2007-08 left on his contract and was paid since he retired involuntarily following an injury sustained during activity covered by his contract.
Source: NHLPA / CBC
Career Earnings: US$39,447,857
(In today's dollars: US$57,496,840)

NHL Rank: 263
(In today's dollars: 173)

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