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Top 10 Highest-Paid NHL Players This Season

Money is a crucial factor when evaluating a particular player's performance. Generally the question asked by fans is, is that particular player worth that much? This season, we have seen both sides of

Money is a crucial factor when evaluating a particular player's performance. Generally the question asked by fans is, is that particular player worth that much? This season, we have seen both sides of the spectrum, from players achieving above and beyond their contract value, to other players failing to meet the expectations incurred by the money they are making.

This year, so many players have managed to have terrific seasons, despite making a low salary. This includes players such as Ondrej Palat who's picked up 55 points and makes a mere $579,167 annually, Reilly Smith of Boston who has had a breakout season while only making $900,000 and Gus Nyquist who has carried the Wings into yet another postseason appearance while making $950,000 this season.

These are only a few players exceeding expectations this year, but on the contrary, there are also players not living up to their contract expectations. Some examples are players such as Toronto’s captain, Dion Phaneuf who just signed a new deal worth $7 million per season and fellow newly acquired teammate David Clarkson who is making $5.25 million a season and has scored only 5 goals and 11 points in 57 games thus far.

Contract expectations define who the player is and most of all, if he is indeed worth what he is getting paid. Today we will take a look at this season's top 10 highest-paid players and check out if they have lived up to their contract expectations. Enjoy!

10 Marian Hossa - Chicago Blackhawks: $7.9 million in 2013-14

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9 T8. Steven Stamkos - Tampa Bay Lightning: $8 million in 2013-14

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8 T8. Zdeno Chara - Boston Bruins: $8 million in 2013-14

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7 T6. Brad Richards - New York Rangers: $9 million in 2013-14

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6 T6. Alex Ovechkin - Washington Capitals: $9 million in 2013-14

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5 Eric Staal - Carolina Hurricanes: $9.25 million in 2013-14

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4 T2. Ryan Suter - Minnesota Wild: $12 million in 2013-14

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3 T2. Zach Parise - Minnesota Wild: $12 million in 2013-14

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2 T2. Sidney Crosby - Pittsburgh Penguins: $12 million in 2013-14

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1 Shea Weber - Nashville Predators: $14 million in 2013-14

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Weber has always taken care of business rather quietly on a nightly basis, but this year he has done so much more. Despite Nashville’s tough season, the captain is quietly enjoying a career year, putting up 21 goals, which leads all defensemen in the league (and leads his team in goals as well). Weber is only 1 point away from tying his career high that he set for points in the 08-09 season. The Preds have been an offensively challenged team all year long, but this is certainly not due to Weber’s play. The captain leads the team in every offensive category, goals, assists and points - a rarity that a defensemen leads the team in all these categories. It’s been a tough year in Nashville, but one thing’s for certain, the captain has done his best to aid his team all year long.

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