Pittsburgh Penguins 2017: Metropolitan Division Payrolls – Highest/Lowest Paid Players

By Larry Snyder

With the regular season underway across the National Hockey League this week, I thought we could check the payrolls of the Pittsburgh Penguins and the rest of the squads in the Metropolitan Division. I am using the numbers crunched by the observers at CapFriendly.com.

Washington Capitals: A total of 23 players are keeping the accountants busy with a $74,974,435 payroll, leaving just $28,904 in current cap space. The man Pens fans love to hate, Alex Ovechkin, tops the scale at $9,538,462. Aaron Ness represents the economic at $612,500.

New York Rangers: Their 22 players on the bench are good for $73,449,444 to start the 2017-2018 campaign. The Blue Shirts current cap space is holding at $1,550,556. Keeper of the net, Henrik Lundqvist, is first at $8,500,000 while the pair of Paul Carey and Steven Kampfer tie for the last spot on the ledger at $650,000.

New York Islanders: When it comes to the 23 players at the Barclay Center, they hit the cap for $73,092,499. The Boys from Brooklyn have $1,907,501 in current cap space. The duo of Jordan Eberle and Johnny Boychuk earn $6,000,000 apiece. Alan Quine makes $612,500.

Philadelphia Flyers: Across the Keystone State, the 23 players wearing the Black and Orange secure $72,575,864 in cap dollars. Philly registers $2,242,136 in current cap space available. Claude Giroux makes $25,000 dollars more than Jakub Voracek, $8,275,000 to $8,250,000. Taylor Leier goes to the bank with $806,558.

Pittsburgh Penguins: Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle start this week with 22 players procuring $72,370,000. The Black and Gold has $2,630,000 in current cap space at their disposal. Evgeni Malkin skates ahead of Sidney Crosby at $9,500,000 to $8,700,000. Carter Rowney is the low man at $612,500.

Columbus Blue Jackets: For the Jacks at Nationwide Arena, 23 players clinch $70,482,141. The current cap space stands at $4,517,859. Another goaltender in the Metro leads his crew as Sergei Bobrovsky rakes in $7,425,000. Jordan Schroeder is the bargain at $650,000.

New Jersey Devils: General manager Ray Shero has 23 players logging in at $66,663,334. When the current cap space is added up, it comes to $8,336,666 for the Garden State Gang. Two members of the Red and Black, Taylor Hall and Cory Schneider, hit the till at $6,000,000 each. Brian Gibbons is the best buy at $650,000.

Carolina Hurricanes: Winning the title of Best Bargain Hunter in the Metro is Canes’ general manager Ron Francis as he brings in 23 players at $60,429,999. Their current cap space rests at $14,570,001. The NHL salary floor is $55.4 million this season. Jordan Staal has the most lucrative deal at $6,000,000 while Jacob Slavin checks in at $742,500.

Time for your two cents in the comments section on which team has budgeted the best this season.

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