What did locked-out NHL players make in the KHL?


Since there is no KHL version of CapGeek, this little tidbit might interest you.

The KHL posted this on Thursday. The details are interesting. Full disclosure. 

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As part of its continuing policy of financial transparency, the Kontinental Hockey League has published the total payments made by each club to locked-out NHL players hired during the dispute. These payments were made in accordance with last September’s amendment to KHL Regulations governing the signing by KHL clubs of NHL players in the event of a lockout. Those NHL men who played for KHL clubs during the lockout delighted the fans with displays of supreme skill and talent, setting a standard for world class performance and maintaining this standard throughout the season. The Kontinental Hockey League is therefore confident that the disclosure of such information can only have a positive effect on the game of hockey.

And now, here’s what each of the KHL teams paid the those locked-out NHLers they signed. 

So 19 of the KHL’s 26 teams in 2012-13 signed at least one locked-out NHL player. It’s pretty interesting that the KHL actually discloses this stuff, but it’s kind of disappointing that they don’t list what each individual player made.

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But wait a second here. Let’s put our detective caps on. Didn’t some of these teams only sign one NHL player during the lockout? If these teams disclosed the amount of money they paid locked-out NHL players, and they only signed one locked-out NHL player, then logically, we should know what those players made.

I looked, and there were six players, some high profile, who were the only locked-out NHLers on their KHL team. I want to stress that these aren’t official, but if the KHL is saying a team paid their NHL players X amount of dollars, and that team only had one NHL player, it’s only logical.

Joffrey Lupul of the Toronto Maple Leafs (Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg)

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Lupul played just 9 games for Avtomobilist, scoring 1 goal and 3 assists for 4 points. The pricetag: $166,628 US.

Signing on October 30th made Lupul a late signing for Avtomobilist, the KHL’s last place team. Like many locked-out players, Lupul seemed to just want to get into game shape. If you’re make over $18,500 US per game while doing it, as these numbers suggest Lupul did, it’s certainly an added bonus.

Andrei Markov of the Montreal Canadiens (Vityaz Chekhov)

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Markov played 21 games for Vityaz, scoring 1 goal and 5 assists for 6 points. The pricetag: $713,778 US.

The Habs’ defensive quartback (well, one of them) isn’t known for fighting, but he mixed in this scrap for Vityaz during the lockout.

Alexei Emelin of the Montreal Canadiens (Ak Bars Kazan)

Emelin played 24 games for Ak Bars, scoring 2 goals and 7 assists for 9 points. The pricetag: $617,221 US.

Ak Bars and Emelin have a history together, as that’s where the Habs defenceman played for four seasons before making the jump to the NHL in 2011-12.

Nail Yakupov of the Edmonton Oilers (Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk)

Yakupov played 22 games for Neftekhimik, scoring 10 goals and 8 assists for 18 points. The pricetag: $259,558 US.

The Oilers’ rookie was often missing from Neftekhimik’s roster, due to his attendance of events like the Subway Super Series. When he was on the ice for his hometown team in Nizhnikamsk however, he produced well. Yakupov was named the KHL’s rookie of the month for October 2012.

Kaspars Daugavins of the Boston Bruins (Dinamo Riga)

Daugavins played 35 games for Dinamo Riga, scoring 5 goals and 9 assists for 14 points. The pricetag: $126,246 US.

Dinamo Riga struggled mightily in the KHL this season, and once the NHL season began, Daugavins picked up just 1 goal and 3 points in 19 games with the Sens. Now he’s playing in the Stanley Cup Final thanks to a waiver wire pickup from the Bruins.

Tommy Wandell of the Dallas Stars (Severstal Cherepovets)

Wandell played in 26 games for Severstal, scoring 2 goals and 7 assists for 9 points. The pricetag: $204,517 US.

Once the NHL lockout ended, Wandell split his time between the Dallas Stars and the AHL’s Texas Stars, meaning he played in three leagues this season. I wonder which one he’ll end up in next season.

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  • Miker

    Steve, another tidbit you may have forgotten is when the KHL decided they would sign NHL players for the lockout, they would be paid up to a maximum of 65% of their NHL salaries. Malkan played for Magnitogorsk, Malkan would have got on an annual salary of 5 mil in the Khl, plus Kuleman was on that team, although I don’t know if they were together there for the same number of games/days. Using that 65% of the salaries you do know of (NHL), you might be better able to come up with a guesstimate of each players salary, assuming that each player got the full 65% of NHL salary.