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NHL Fortune: $59,247,622

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David Backes’s net worth / career earnings / salary history. He made US$59,247,622 (US$64,570,232 in today's dollars), ranking #102 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Country of birth: USA
Position: F
NHL Draft:
  • Year: 2003
  • Round #2
  • Overall Pick: 62
  • By: St. Louis Blues

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
2007-08 $802,500 $1,001,132 462
Source: NHLPA
2008-09 $2,500,000 $3,003,484 227 $1,697,500 212%
Source: NHLPA
2009-10 $2,500,000 $3,014,123 239
Source: NHLPA
2010-11 $2,500,000 $2,965,468 244
Source: NHLPA
2011-12 $4,500,000 $5,174,580 106 $2,000,000 80%
Source: NHLPA
2012-13 $2,195,122 $2,473,062 167 -$2,304,878 -51%
Because of the lockout, his NHL salary of $3,750,000 was prorated for the 48-game season.
Source: NHLPA
2013-14 $4,750,000 $5,274,017 114 $2,554,878 116%
Source: NHLPA
2014-15 $4,750,000 $5,189,807 130
Source: NHLPA
2015-16 $4,750,000 $5,183,676 149
Source: NHLPA
2016-17 $8,000,000 $8,621,641 23 $3,250,000 68%
Source: NHLPA
2017-18 $8,000,000 $8,441,906 30
Source: NHLPA
2018-19 $6,000,000 $6,180,399 101 -$2,000,000 -25%
Source: NHLPA
2019-20 $4,000,000 $4,046,937 256 -$2,000,000 -33%
Source: NHLPA
2020-21 $4,000,000 $4,000,000 201
Source: NHLPA
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the NHL plays a 56-game season instead of 82. Base salaries are not pro-rated but 10% of $4,000,000 is deferred and payable in three yearly payments, starting in October 2022, without interests. Escrow for the season has been increased to 20% and performance bonuses are pro-rated (amounts and targets to reach).
Career Earnings: US$59,247,622
(In today's dollars: US$64,570,232)

NHL Rank: 102
(In today's dollars: 138)

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