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Buffalo Sabres are Top Lockout Spenders in NHL

September 27th, 2012 at 3:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

Numbers from capgeek.com reveal the Buffalo Sabres as the biggest spenders during the ongoing NHL lockout.

Players are not paid base salaries as long as they're locked out, but teams are still on the hook for any bonuses given in contracts. The Sabres are paying out $20.75 million in bonuses to the following players:

  • D Tyler Myers, being paid $10 million in bonus money as part of his seven-year, $38.5 million contract that starts for the 2012-13 season. His base salary this season is $2 million.
  • D Christian Ehrhoff, being paid $5 million in bonus money as part of his 10-year, $40 million contract that took effect in the 2011-12 season. His base salary this season is $3 million.
  • F Ville Leino, being paid $4 million in bonus money as part of his six-year, $27 million contract that took effect in the 2011-12 season. His base salary this season is $2 million.
  • D Andrej Sekera, being paid $1.75 million in bonus money as part of his four-year, $11 million contract that took effect in the 2011-12 season. His base salary this season is $1.5 million.

Pending what happens with the CBA to be negotiated, the Sabres' total 2012-13 payroll is $64.35 million, about $6 million less than the salary cap of $70.2 million. The Minnesota Wild are the second-highest lockout spenders at $20.2 million.

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