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NHL Fortune: $32,366,013

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Nikolay Kulemin’s net worth / career earnings / salary history. He made US$32,366,013 (US$35,412,182 in today's dollars), ranking #360 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: July 14, 1986
Country of birth: Russia
Position: F
NHL Draft:
  • Year: 2006
  • Round #2
  • Overall Pick: 44
  • By: Toronto Maple Leafs

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
2008-09 $850,000 $1,021,184 458
Source: NHLPA
2009-10 $850,000 $1,024,802 460
Source: NHLPA
2010-11 $2,500,000 $2,965,468 244 $1,650,000 194%
Source: NHLPA
2011-12 $2,200,000 $2,529,795 316 -$300,000 -12%
Source: NHLPA
2012-13 $1,521,951 $1,714,656 275 -$678,049 -31%
Because of the lockout, his NHL salary of $2,600,000 was prorated for the 48-game season.
Source: NHLPA
2013-14 $3,000,000 $3,330,958 263 $1,478,049 97%
Source: NHLPA
2014-15 $3,000,000 $3,277,773 271
Source: NHLPA
2015-16 $4,250,000 $4,638,026 182 $1,250,000 42%
Source: NHLPA
2016-17 $4,250,000 $4,580,247 195
Source: NHLPA
2017-18 $5,250,000 $5,540,001 142 $1,000,000 24%
Source: NHLPA
2018-19 $2,578,125 $2,655,640 378 -$2,671,875 -51%
Earned 165 million rubles as base salary with Magnitogorsk Metallurg in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Might have also earned bonuses. Based on the 2019 exchange rate of 64 rubles per $.
Source: Russian website Sport Express
2019-20 $1,507,937 $1,525,632 481 -$1,070,188 -42%
Earned 95 million rubles as base salary with Magnitogorsk Metallurg in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Might have also earned bonuses. Based on the 2020 exchange rate of 63 rubles per $. (According to Russian sports news site Sportfakt, he earned a base salary of $2.5M.)
Source: Russian website Sport Express
2020-21 $608,000 $608,000 1143 -$899,937 -60%
Earned 45 million rubles as base salary with Magnitogorsk Metallurg in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Might have also earned bonuses. Based on the 2020-21 mid-season exchange rate of 74 rubles per $US.
Source: Russian website Sport Express
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 $608,000 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 Earnings: US$32,366,013
(In today's dollars: US$35,412,182)

NHL Rank: 360
(In today's dollars: 402)

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