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Salary and Success

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The highest paid player left in the playoffs makes $8M.

Which does beg the question if higher salary breeds success on the ice.


For example, since signing Toews and Kane to their $10M+ deals, the Blackhawks have two rounds of playoffs and missed the postseason entirely the past two years.


The flip side could be that the Caps won the Cup last season with OV making $9.5M - but no one else on the team was above $8M.


That said, the eight guys making $10M+ in cap hit last season had zero playoff rounds (McDavid, Toews, Kane, Kopitar, Eichel, Price) and one round (Tavares, Nylander) and the highest paid guy left in the playoffs is Burns at $8M cap hit ($10M salary) at 22nd in the league.


After that, you get Tarasenko at 31st and O'Reilly at 33rd ($7.5M each) and only four more guys in the top 50 cap hits (Vlasic, EKane, Rask, Bergeron).


Yes, it's a weird postseason this year, but does having a big payroll equal success these days?



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