Shea Weber’s arbitration award vaults him atop the list of defenceman with the highest cap hit for next season. Who did he climb past on his way to the top? Click to find out.
Brian Campbell, who was recently dealt to Florida, sits at No. 2 on the list with a cap hit of $7,142,875.
At No. 3, big Zdeno Chara carries a bigger cap hit of $6,916,667, but the Bruins aren’t complaining as he played a big part in their recent Stanley Cup victory.
Smooth-skating Jay Bouwmeester comes in at No. 4 on the list. The Flames defenceman will carry a cap hit of $6,680,000 next season.
Few can anchor a power play like Sharks defenceman Dan Boyle. His cap count nest season will be $6,666,667.
Bouwmeester’s former defence partner in Calgary, Dion Phaneuf, also comes with a hefty price tag. The Toronto Maple Leafs captain has a cap hit of $6,500,000.
Wade Redden may be the most overpaid on the list as he spent part of last season in the American Hockey League. If he were to spend next season with the New York Rangers, his cap hit would be $6,500,000.
Philadelphia defenceman Kimmo Timonen is the highest European on the list. The Finnish Flyers’ cap hit next season will be $6,333,333.
Although you might expect to see Nicklas Lidstrom atop the list, the Red Wings defenceman comes in at No. 9. The seven-time Norris Trophy winner has a cap hit of $6,200,000.
Although the Blackhawks recently moved one high-priced defenceman, there is still one left. Brent Seabrook’s cap number will be $5,800,000 next winter.
The Canadiens signed Andrei Markov to a three-year extension in June with a cap hit of $5,750,000,.A high price to pay for a defenceman who has played in only 52 games over the past two seasons.
Lubomir Visnovsky completes our dirty dozen. The Ducks defenceman’s cap hit will be $5,600,000 for the 2011-2012 season.