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NHL Fortune: $85,667,610

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Eric Staal’s net worth / career earnings / salary history. He made US$85,667,610 (US$97,004,421 in today's dollars), ranking #30 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Country of birth: Canada
Position: C
NHL Draft:
  • Year: 2003
  • Round #1
  • Overall Pick: 2
  • By: Carolina Hurricanes

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
2005-06 $942,000 $1,247,671 360
2006-07 $4,000,000 $5,132,397 62 $3,058,000 325%
Source: NHLPA
2007-08 $4,500,000 $5,613,823 64 $500,000 13%
Source: NHLPA
2008-09 $5,000,000 $6,006,967 69 $500,000 11%
Source: NHLPA
2009-10 $6,000,000 $7,233,896 44 $1,000,000 20%
Source: NHLPA
2010-11 $7,500,000 $8,896,405 16 $1,500,000 25%
Source: NHLPA
2011-12 $7,750,000 $8,911,776 16 $250,000 3%
Source: NHLPA
2012-13 $4,975,610 $5,605,607 13 -$2,774,390 -36%
Because of the lockout, his NHL salary of $8,500,000 was prorated for the 48-game season.
Source: NHLPA
2013-14 $9,250,000 $10,270,454 7 $4,274,390 86%
Source: NHLPA
2014-15 $9,250,000 $10,106,467 13
Source: NHLPA
2015-16 $9,500,000 $10,367,353 10 $250,000 3%
Source: NHLPA
2016-17 $3,500,000 $3,771,968 265 -$6,000,000 -63%
Source: NHLPA
2017-18 $3,500,000 $3,693,334 268
Source: NHLPA
2018-19 $3,500,000 $3,605,233 301
Source: NHLPA
2019-20 $3,500,000 $3,541,070 304
Source: NHLPA
2020-21 $3,000,000 $3,000,000 301 -$500,000 -14%
Source: NHLPA
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 $3,000,000 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$85,667,610
(In today's dollars: US$97,004,421)

NHL Rank: 30
(In today's dollars: 43)

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