4. Pittsburgh Penguins – $32,869,167 Going to Sochi
An obvious entry in this list is the Pittsburgh Penguins as they boast 2 of the best players in the world who will both be integral to their team’s chances of winning gold. Sidney Crosby of Canada and Evgeni Malkin of Russia form a vicious 1-2 punch for the Penguins, but will be facing off against each other to determine which nation is worthy of Olympic glory. Also making the cut was Crosby’s linemate, Chris Kunitz, who Canada is banking on to have chemistry with their leader despite a lack of talent as compared to some omissions like Martin St. Louis. Pittsburgh will be sending 4 more players over in Jussi Jokinen of Finland, defenders Paul Martin and Brooks Orpik of the U.S.A. and Olli Maatta of Finland. Their most expensive players going over are obvious as both Malkin and Crosby command $8.7 million per year.
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