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NHL Fortune: $99,750,395

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Brad Richards’s net worth / earnings / salary history: Earned US $99,750,395 (US $133,797,014 in today's dollars), ranking #20 in NHL / hockey career earnings. Currently under contract for US $3,166,668 for a projected hockey fortune of US $102,917,063.

Country of birth: Canada
Position: C
NHL Draft:
  • Year: 1998
  • Round #3
  • Overall Pick: 64
  • By: Tampa Bay Lightning

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
2000-01 $975,000 $1,666,899 317
Includes base salary, bonuses paid in 2000-01, and deferred income paid in 2000-01.
Source: The Hockey News / The Hockey News Ultimate Fantasy Guide 2000-01
2001-02 $975,000 $1,621,054 365
2002-03 $975,000 $1,595,730 403
Does not include signing bonuses, performance bonuses and deferred payments.
Source: La Presse
2003-04 $2,400,000 $3,840,835 175
2004-05 NHL lockout year: Season cancelled - no NHL salary paid.
2004-05 $1,500,000 $2,337,992 5
With Kazan Ak-Bars of the Russian Superleague to play from late November to the end of the season. He was scheduled to earn $2.6M in the NHL.
Source: Sports Illustrated / Monthly Labor Review - Bureau of Labor Statistics / Book: Lockouts and Work Stoppages in Professional Sports
2005-06 $3,401,000 $5,127,013 72
Source: La Presse
2006-07 $7,800,000 $11,391,041 3
Source: NHLPA
2007-08 $7,800,000 $11,075,142 7
Source: NHLPA
2008-09 $7,800,000 $10,665,676 12
Source: NHLPA
2009-10 $7,800,000 $10,703,459 13
Source: NHLPA
2010-11 $7,800,000 $10,530,680 14
Source: NHLPA
2011-12 $12,000,000 $15,705,521 1
Prior to the season, as a free agent, signed a nine-year contract with the New York Rangers for $60M.
Source: NHLPA / Book: Hockey Facts & Stats
2012-13 $7,024,390 $9,007,276 4
Because of the lockout, his NHL salary of $12,000,000 was prorated for the 48-game season.
Source: NHLPA
2013-14 $9,000,000 $11,373,626 9
On June 20, 2014, the New York Rangers bought out the six years left on his contract for two-third of remaining money to be paid over twice the remaining term of the contract. With $19M in salary and $8M of signing bonus left on his contract, two-third of the $19M was to be aid in equal yearly payments of $1,055,556 over the following 12 seasons while the full $8M bonuses was to be paid in equal payments of $2,666,667 over the following three seasons.
Source: NHLPA
2014-15 $5,722,223 $7,115,918 92
On July 1, 2014, as a free agent, signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks for $2M. Earned his $2M salary plus $1,055,556 for his 2013-14 salary buyout plus $2,666,667 for his 2013-14 bonus buyout.
Source: NHLPA / ESPN / CBC
2015-16 $6,722,223 $8,349,601 56
On July 15, 2015, as a free agent, signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings for $3M. Retired as a pro-hockey player after the season. Earned his $3M salary plus $1,055,556 for his 2013-14 salary buyout plus $2,666,667 for his 2013-14 bonus buyout.
Source: NHLPA / CBC
2016-17 $3,722,223 $4,565,737 258
Earned $1,055,556 for his 2013-14 salary buyout plus $2,666,667 for his 2013-14 bonus buyout.
Source: CBC
2017-18 $1,055,556 $1,267,770 461
Earned $1,055,556 for his 2013-14 salary buyout.
Source: CBC
2018-19 $1,055,556 $1,237,528 580
Earned $1,055,556 for his 2013-14 salary buyout.
Source: CBC
2019-20 $1,055,556 $1,215,504 589
Earned $1,055,556 for his 2013-14 salary buyout.
Source: CBC
2020-21 $1,055,556 $1,200,756 532
Earned $1,055,556 for his 2013-14 salary buyout.
Source: CBC
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the NHL played a 56-game season instead of 82. Base salaries were not pro-rated but 10% of $1,055,556 was deferred and payable in three yearly payments, starting in October 2022, without interests. Escrow for the season was increased to 20% and performance bonuses were pro-rated (amounts and targets to reach).
2021-22 $1,055,556 $1,146,700 547
Earned $1,055,556 for his 2013-14 salary buyout.
Source: CBC
2022-23 $1,055,556 $1,055,556 602
2013-14 salary buyout.
Source: CBC
Career Total: US $99,750,395
(In today's dollars: US $133,797,014)

NHL Rank: 20
(In today's dollars: 20)
Under Contract
2023-24 $1,055,556
2013-14 salary buyout.
Source: CBC
2024-25 $1,055,556
2013-14 salary buyout.
Source: CBC
2025-26 $1,055,556
2013-14 salary buyout.
Source: CBC
Under contract for: US $3,166,668

Projected fortune at end of contract: US $102,917,063

 

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