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NHL Fortune: $116,022,710

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Vincent Lecavalier’s net worth / earnings / salary history: Earned US $116,022,710 (US $156,050,603 in today's dollars), ranking #10 in NHL / hockey career earnings. Currently under contract for US $7,047,620 for a projected hockey fortune of US $123,070,330.

Country of birth: Canada
Position: C
NHL Draft:
  • Year: 1998
  • Round #1
  • Overall Pick: 1
  • By: Tampa Bay Lightning

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
1998-99 $975,000 $1,760,874 255
Includes base salary, signing bonus, bonuses paid in 1998-99, and deferred income paid in 1998-99.
Source: The Hockey News
1999-00 $975,000 $1,723,136 287
Includes base salary, signing/reporting bonus, and deferred income paid in 1999-2000.
Source: The Hockey News / The Sports Forecaster
2000-01 $975,000 $1,666,899 317
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 $1,500,000 $2,493,929 235
2002-03 $2,000,000 $3,273,293 197
Does not include signing bonuses, performance bonuses and deferred payments.
Source: La Presse
2003-04 $2,625,000 $4,200,913 160
2004-05 NHL lockout year: Season cancelled - no NHL salary paid.
2004-05 $1,500,000 $2,337,992 5
With Kazan Ak-Bars of the Russian Superleague to play from late November to the end of the season. He was scheduled to earn $2.6M in the NHL (according to the Monthly Labor Review - Bureau of Labor Statistics, he was scheduled to earn $4.4M in the NHL)
Source: Sports Illustrated / Monthly Labor Review - Bureau of Labor Statistics / Book: Lockouts and Work Stoppages in Professional Sports
2005-06 $6,000,000 $9,045,010 17
In August 2005, signed a four-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning for $27.5M.
Source: TSN / La Presse
2006-07 $7,166,667 $10,466,128 9
Source: NHLPA
2007-08 $7,166,667 $10,175,879 12
Source: NHLPA
2008-09 $7,166,666 $9,799,658 22
On July 12, 2008, signed a eleven-year contract extension, starting in 2009-10, with the Tampa Bay Lightning for $85M: $10M/season in salary and bonuses from 2009-10 to 2015-16; $8.5M in 2016-2017; $4M in 2017-2018, $1.5M in 2018-2019; $1M in 2019-2020.
Source: NHLPA / TSN
2009-10 $10,000,000 $13,722,383 1
Source: NHLPA
2010-11 $10,000,000 $13,500,871 1
Source: NHLPA
2011-12 $10,000,000 $13,087,935 2
Source: NHLPA
2012-13 $5,853,659 $7,506,063 9
Because of the lockout, his NHL salary of $10,000,000 was prorated for the 48-game season. After the season, the Tampa Bay Lightning bought out the 7 years left on his contract. Per the NHL compliance buyout rule, two-thirds of the $49M remaining on the contract had to be paid over a period of twice the remaining length of the contract. Due to the structure of his contract and signing bonus, his $32,666,667 buyout was to be paid in equal yearly payment of $1,761,905 over the following 14 seasons, ending with the 2026-27, plus an additional $2,666,667 to be paid each year from 2013-14 to 2015-16.
Source: NHLPA / TSN
2013-14 $10,428,572 $13,178,965 5
On July 2, 2013, as a free agent, signed a five-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers for $22.5M. Earned a salary of $6M plus the $4,428,572 payment from the Tampa Bay Lightning from the contract buyout after the 2012-13 season.
Source: NHLPA / RDS / TSN
2014-15 $10,428,572 $12,968,538 7
Earned a salary of $6M plus the $4,428,572 payment from the Tampa Bay Lightning from the contract buyout after the 2012-13 season.
Source: NHLPA / TSN
2015-16 $8,928,572 $11,090,084 17
During the season, was traded to the Los Angeles Kings. One stipulation of the trade was that he would voluntary retire after the season. Never played pro-hockey again after the season. Earned a salary of $4.5M plus the $4,428,572 payment from the Tampa Bay Lightning from the contract buyout after the 2012-13 season.
Source: NHLPA / TSN
2016-17 $1,761,905 $2,161,180 406
Payment from the Tampa Bay Lightning from the contract buyout after the 2012-13 season.
Source: TSN
2017-18 $1,761,905 $2,116,126 398
Payment from the Tampa Bay Lightning from the contract buyout after the 2012-13 season.
Source: TSN
2018-19 $1,761,905 $2,065,648 463
Payment from the Tampa Bay Lightning from the contract buyout after the 2012-13 season.
Source: TSN
2019-20 $1,761,905 $2,028,885 462
Payment from the Tampa Bay Lightning from the contract buyout after the 2012-13 season.
Source: TSN
2020-21 $1,761,905 $2,004,269 443
Payment from the Tampa Bay Lightning from the contract buyout after the 2012-13 season.
Source: TSN
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 $1,761,905 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).
2021-22 $1,761,905 $1,914,040 455
Payment from the Tampa Bay Lightning from the contract buyout after the 2012-13 season.
Source: TSN
2022-23 $1,761,905 $1,761,905 481
Payment from the Tampa Bay Lightning from the contract buyout after the 2012-13 season.
Source: TSN
Career Total: US $116,022,710
(In today's dollars: US $156,050,603)

NHL Rank: 10
(In today's dollars: 8)
Under Contract
2023-24 $1,761,905
Payment from the Tampa Bay Lightning from the contract buyout after the 2012-13 season.
Source: TSN
2024-25 $1,761,905
Payment from the Tampa Bay Lightning from the contract buyout after the 2012-13 season.
Source: TSN
2025-26 $1,761,905
Payment from the Tampa Bay Lightning from the contract buyout after the 2012-13 season.
Source: TSN
2026-27 $1,761,905
Payment from the Tampa Bay Lightning from the contract buyout after the 2012-13 season.
Source: TSN
Under contract for: US $7,047,620

Projected fortune at end of contract: US $123,070,330