Evgeny Kuznetsov and Jan Bulis are two of the Traktor’s highest-paid players (Photo credit: Vitaly Gubin/HC Traktor)
Sports.ru has revealed the list of the 90 highest-paid KHL players. Unsurprisingly, Ilya Kovalchuk, who retired from the NHL to sign with SKA St. Petersburg, tops the list at $10.3 million per year (in US dollars). Alexander Radulov, who signed with CSKA Moscow a year ago, holds second place with $7.5 million per season. Sergei Zinovyev is inarguably the worst contract in the KHL. He’s a center in the last season of a five-year deal with Salavat Yulaev whose production has fallen dramatically during that contract, but he still makes $4.7 million per year, third highest in the league.
The list also features a few names that should be familiar to Washington Capitals fans.
Caps’ 2010 first-round pick Evgeny Kuznetsov holds ninth place with an annual salary of $3.8 million. He’s the highest-paid player on his team, Traktor Chelyabinsk, and overall among players 26 or younger.
Ex-Caps prospect Staffan Kronwall is tied for 69th with $1.5 million. A veteran of 181 games with the Capitals, Kuznetsov’s linemate Jan Bulis is tied for 73rd with $1.4 million.
All numbers are unofficial.