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Here's how much money every Canucks player will make this season

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Rob Williams Oct 10, 2018 2:41 pm 5,364

The NHL is a rich man’s game.

Literally.

Players are making more money than ever, with the highest-paid player in the league earning $15.9 million this season.

The Vancouver Canucks don’t have anyone in that stratosphere, but they do have a large middle class. As a rebuilding franchise, Vancouver is projected to have the 26th-highest payroll in the NHL this season.

While important players like Bo Horvat, Chris Tanev, and Alex Edler are among the team’s highest-paid players, production and salary don’t always align.

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Vancouver’s highest-paid player, both in terms of salary and cap hit, is Loui Eriksson. Need I say more?

Eriksson scored just 24 points in 2016-17 and 23 points in 2017-18 – well below the 63-point season he had in Boston before Jim Benning signed him to a six-year, $36 million contract.

Erik Gudbranson will be paid $5 million this season – tied for third-highest on the team despite averaging the fifth-most minutes among Canucks blueliners this year and last.

Among the underpaid players are two of the team’s best – Brock Boeser and Elias Pettersson – who are both on rookie contracts. Though their base salaries are low, they will earn more through performance bonuses.

Here’s the full list, ordered by 2018-19 salary:

Name Position Cap hit Salary
Loui Eriksson Forward $6 million $7 million
Bo Horvat Forward $5.5 million $7 million
Chris Tanev Defenceman $4.45 million $5 million
Erik Gudbranson Defenceman $4 million $5 million
Alex Edler Defenceman $5 million $4.5 million
Jay Beagle Forward $3 million $4.4 million
Brandon Sutter Forward $4.38 million $4.38 million
Sven Baertschi Forward $3.37 million $4 million
Antoine Roussel Forward $3 million $3.8 million
Jacob Markstrom Goaltender $3.67 million $3.6 million
Michael Del Zotto Defenceman $3 million $3 million
Ben Hutton Defenceman $2.8 million $2.8 million
Troy Stecher Defenceman $2.33 million $2.33 million
Anders Nilsson Goaltender $2.5 million $2 million
Tim Schaller Forward $1.9 million $1.9 million
Markus Granlund Forward $1.48 million $1.48 million
Derrick Pouliot Defenceman $1.1 million $1.1 million
Jake Virtanen Forward $1.25 million $1 million
Alex Biega Defenceman $825,000 $950,000
Tyler Motte Forward $925,000 $925,000
Elias Pettersson Forward $925,000 $925,000
Brock Boeser Forward $925,000 $925,000
Nikolay Goldobin Forward $863,333 $832,500
Brendan Leipsic Forward $650,000 $650,000
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Rob Williams
Man of the people, voice of the fans. Daily Hive Sports Editor.

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