7 Highest-Paid Players in the NHL This Season

Sidney Crosby is the face of the NHL

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Professional athletes rarely have anything to complain about. Compared to the majority of folks, these individuals are famous beyond belief and make boatloads of cash. Best of all, they are able to achieve these luxuries by playing a game that most folks would play for free. Isn’t life funny?

Yet, make no mistake — not all athletes have it made. Aside from the fact that there is a major pay gap between players in the same league, there is a big difference between what individuals earn from league to league. And let’s just say those in the National Hockey League are not the ones standing at the top of the mountain.

According to Forbes, the 10 highest-paid players in the league will earn a combined $132 million this season. That’s hardly chump change, but it’s certainly not “Scrooge McDuck” money. Still, we feel it’s important to remain informed. With that in mind, here’s a look at the seven players earning the most Benjamins in 2016–17, ranked.