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NHL Fortune: $114,260,805

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Vincent Lecavalier’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US $114,260,805 (US $141,662,958 in today's dollars), ranking #7 in NHL / hockey career earnings. He is currently under contract for US $8,809,525 which will bring his hockey fortune to 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
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1998-99 $975,000 $1,616,726 255
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 $1,582,078 287
Includes base salary, signing/reporting bonus, and deferred income paid in 1999-2000.
Source: The Hockey News / The Sports Forecaster
2000-01 $975,000 $1,530,444 317
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 $2,289,772 235 $525,000 54%
2002-03 $2,000,000 $3,005,337 197 $500,000 33%
Does not include signing bonuses, performance bonuses and deferred payments.
Source: La Presse
2003-04 $2,625,000 $3,857,021 160 $625,000 31%
2004-05 NHL lockout year: Season cancelled - no NHL salary paid.
2004-05 $1,500,000 $2,146,601 5 -$1,125,000 -43%
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 $8,304,573 17 $3,375,000 129%
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 $9,609,356 9 $1,166,667 19%
Source: NHLPA
2007-08 $7,166,667 $9,342,867 12
Source: NHLPA
2008-09 $7,166,666 $8,997,445 22 -$1 0%
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 $12,599,049 1 $2,833,334 40%
Source: NHLPA
2010-11 $10,000,000 $12,395,671 1
Source: NHLPA
2011-12 $10,000,000 $12,016,538 2
Source: NHLPA
2012-13 $5,853,659 $6,891,606 9 -$4,146,341 -41%
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 $12,100,116 5 $4,574,913 78%
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 $11,906,915 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 $10,182,234 17 -$1,500,000 -14%
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 $1,984,263 406 -$7,166,667 -80%
Payment from the Tampa Bay Lightning from the contract buyout after the 2012-13 season.
Source: TSN
2017-18 $1,761,905 $1,942,897 398
Payment from the Tampa Bay Lightning from the contract buyout after the 2012-13 season.
Source: TSN
2018-19 $1,761,905 $1,896,551 464
Payment from the Tampa Bay Lightning from the contract buyout after the 2012-13 season.
Source: TSN
2019-20 $1,761,905 $1,862,798 462
Payment from the Tampa Bay Lightning from the contract buyout after the 2012-13 season.
Source: TSN
2020-21 $1,761,905 $1,840,197 444
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 $1,761,905 453
Payment from the Tampa Bay Lightning from the contract buyout after the 2012-13 season.
Source: TSN
Career Total: US $114,260,805
(In today's dollars: US $141,662,958)

NHL Rank: 7
(In today's dollars: 9)
Under Contract
2022-23 $1,761,905
Payment from the Tampa Bay Lightning from the contract buyout after the 2012-13 season.
Source: TSN
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 $8,809,525

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

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