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NHL Fortune: $32,366,013

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Nikolay Kulemin’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US$32,366,013 (US$36,690,546 in today's dollars), ranking #404 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 $1,058,059 458
Source: NHLPA
2009-10 $850,000 $1,061,807 460
Source: NHLPA
2010-11 $2,500,000 $3,072,549 244 $1,650,000 194%
Source: NHLPA
2011-12 $2,200,000 $2,621,143 316 -$300,000 -12%
Source: NHLPA
2012-13 $1,521,951 $1,776,571 275 -$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 $3,451,236 263 $1,478,049 97%
Source: NHLPA
2014-15 $3,000,000 $3,396,131 271
Source: NHLPA
2015-16 $4,250,000 $4,805,502 182 $1,250,000 42%
Source: NHLPA
2016-17 $4,250,000 $4,745,636 195
Source: NHLPA
2017-18 $5,250,000 $5,740,046 142 $1,000,000 24%
Source: NHLPA
2018-19 $2,578,125 $2,751,533 378 -$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 $1,580,721 481 -$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 $629,614 1144 -$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 Total: US$32,366,013
(In today's dollars: US$36,690,546)

NHL Rank: 404
(In today's dollars: 438)

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