Most hockey fans would agree that any coach is limited by his roster of players. On the other hand, even a team stocked with international talent will only go so far as their coach takes them. The best coaches are those who can get the most out of the players at their disposal. That and a few opportune play-calls per game can be the difference between two points and zero. Coaches who directly influence the game for a victory are an asset to their franchise, and subsequently get paid accordingly. Here are some coaches who get paid the most in the NHL…but are still a value to their organizations.
*Note the NHL doesn’t require teams to divulge the actual contract numbers of their teams but these are the most likely top 10 earners in the league according to reports.
10. Patrick Roy – Colorado Avalanche
After 18 years as one of the league’s best goaltenders, Patrick Roy will go from stopping pucks in the net to a suit and tie behind the bench as he begins his tenure as the head coach of the Colorado Avalanche in 2013. ‘Saint Patrick’ is expected to be paid rather handsomely as he has a dual role that includes team Vice President of Operations and is the only coach in the NHL with general manager powers. In fact, Colorado previously tried to lure Roy into becoming their head coach in 2009 when he stated he’d take the job if they paid him $2 million a year for 4 years. They scoffed at the deal then but must’ve finally decided to bite the silver bullet.