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NHL Fortune: $89,062,195

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Nicklas Backstrom’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US $89,062,195 (US $99,042,617 in today's dollars), ranking #36 in NHL / hockey career earnings. He is currently under contract for US $24,000,000 which will bring his hockey fortune to US $113,062,195.

Birthdate: November 23, 1987
Country of birth: Sweden
Position: C
NHL Draft:
  • Year: 2006
  • Round #1
  • Overall Pick: 4
  • By: Washington Capitals

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
2007-08 $850,000 $1,108,107 431
Source: NHLPA
2008-09 $850,000 $1,067,139 463
Source: NHLPA
2009-10 $850,000 $1,070,919 464
Source: NHLPA
2010-11 $6,000,000 $7,437,403 48 $5,150,000 606%
Source: NHLPA
2011-12 $6,000,000 $7,209,923 52
Source: NHLPA
2012-13 $3,512,195 $4,134,964 55 -$2,487,805 -41%
Because of the lockout, his NHL salary of $6,000,000 was prorated for the 48-game season.
Source: NHLPA
2013-14 $6,000,000 $6,961,710 52 $2,487,805 71%
Source: NHLPA
2014-15 $6,500,000 $7,421,433 49 $500,000 8%
Source: NHLPA
2015-16 $6,500,000 $7,412,666 58
Source: NHLPA
2016-17 $7,000,000 $7,883,422 41 $500,000 8%
Source: NHLPA
2017-18 $7,500,000 $8,270,439 45 $500,000 7%
Source: NHLPA
2018-19 $7,500,000 $8,073,155 40
Source: NHLPA
2019-20 $8,000,000 $8,458,108 48 $500,000 7%
In January 2020, signed a 5-year extension with the Washington Capitals, starting in 2020-21, for $46M: 2020-21: $6M salary + $6M signing bonus; 2021-22: $5M salary + $5M signing bonus; 2022-23: $3M salary + $3M signing bonus; 2023-24: $5M salary + $5M signing bonus; 2024-25: $2M salary + $6M signing bonus. He didn't use an agent to negotiate his contract.
Source: NHLPA / Pierre LeBrun
2020-21 $12,000,000 $12,533,230 5 $4,000,000 50%
Source: Pierre LeBrun / 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 $12,000,000 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).
2021-22 $10,000,000 $10,000,000 14 -$2,000,000 -17%
Source: Pierre LeBrun / NHLPA
Career Total: US $89,062,195
(In today's dollars: US $99,042,617)

NHL Rank: 36
(In today's dollars: 51)
Under Contract
2022-23 $6,000,000
Source: Pierre LeBrun
2023-24 $10,000,000
Source: Pierre LeBrun
2024-25 $8,000,000
Source: Pierre LeBrun
Under contract for: US $24,000,000

Projected fortune at end of contract: US $113,062,195

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