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NHL Fortune: $41,420,714

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Zigmund Palffy’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US $41,420,714 (US $64,121,690 in today's dollars), ranking #274 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: May 5, 1972
Country of birth: Slovakia
Position: RW
NHL Draft:
  • Year: 1991
  • Round #2
  • Overall Pick: 26
  • By: New York Islanders

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1992-93 $185,000 $356,368 576
Source: La Presse
1994-95 $185,714 $338,676 444
Because of the lockout, his NHL salary of $325,000 was prorated for the 48-game season.
Source: Guide Hockey 1995-1996
1995-96 $275,000 $487,810 594 $89,286 48%
Source: La Presse
1996-97 $1,550,000 $2,671,119 101 $1,275,000 464%
Prior to the season, signed a two-year contract with the New York Islanders for $3.1M.
Source: La Presse / Guide Hockey RDS / Book: We Want Fishsticks
1997-98 $1,725,000 $2,904,731 108 $175,000 11%
Includes base salary, signing bonus and bonuses paid in 1997-98.
Source: The Hockey News
1998-99 $3,750,000 $6,218,177 32 $2,025,000 117%
On December 17, 1998, as a restricted free agent holding out and playing in Slovakia, signed a five-year contract with the New York Islanders for $26M plus a sixth year option, for the Islanders, at $7M.
Source: Los Angeles Times / AP
1999-00 $5,000,000 $8,113,219 22 $1,250,000 33%
Includes base salary, signing/reporting bonus, and deferred income paid in 1999-2000.
Source: The Hockey News / The Sports Forecaster
2000-01 $5,000,000 $7,848,432 28
Includes base salary, bonuses paid in 2000-01, and deferred income paid in 2000-01.
Source: The Hockey News / The Hockey News Ultimate Fantasy Guide 2000-01
2001-02 $6,000,000 $9,159,090 23 $1,000,000 20%
2002-03 $7,250,000 $10,894,346 23 $1,250,000 21%
Does not include signing bonuses, performance bonuses and deferred payments.
Source: La Presse
2003-04 $7,000,000 $10,285,388 22 -$250,000 -3%
2004-05 NHL lockout year: Season cancelled - no NHL salary paid.
2005-06 $3,500,000 $4,844,334 60 -$3,500,000 -50%
Source: La Presse
Career Total: US $41,420,714
(In today's dollars: US $64,121,690)

NHL Rank: 274
(In today's dollars: 165)

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