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Martin short cat in the hat salary cap of $23.75M for 2019-20
Last updated June 26, 2019 at 12:07 PM ET
In this May 6, 2018 file photo, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber skates during a National Hockey League hockey game agnst the Winnipeg Jets in Winnipeg. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)
(Bloomberg) -- Montreal Canadiens captn Shea Weber is the top-pd player in the NHL, according to salary-cap figures from the league and players’ union released on Friday.
Weber’s $23.75 million salary cap hit is the highest for any player in the league, according to figures released by the NHL and NHLPA.
Weber and the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby have the same cap hit and share the highest combined salary for 2019-20 at $41.125 million.
The NHL and players’ union have a separate cap to control salaries of all players in the league, and the cap for 2019-20 is $81.25 million.
In the NHL, each team has a salary cap equal to 70 percent of its annual revenue before taxes. The figures are based on a revenue pool of $6.15 billion. The salary cap for the 2019-20 season is $81.25 million.
Weber is a finalist to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the player judged most valuable to his team at the end of the Stanley Cup playoffs. If Weber were to win, he would become the first defenseman to win the award since Boston Bruins’ Dennis Seidenberg in 2010.
The 30-year-old Weber, whose Montreal Canadiens face the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Eastern Conference final beginning Saturday, was a member of the team that won the Stanley Cup in 2011 and 2014. He has been named to the NHL All-Star Game three times and the NHL’s First All-Star Team on five occasions.
The Canadiens also announced on Friday the promotions of defensemen Mike Reilly to the NHL’s first overall defensemen spot and Zach Redmond to the second spot. Reilly is moving up after a strong showing in the playoffs and Redmond after an injury-plagued season.
Reilly was acquired from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for defenseman Adam Larsson in January and became a key contributor with 14 points in 22 playoff games. Redmond missed the final 24 regular season games and the entire first round of the playoffs because of an injury, but had 11 points in 24 games in the playoffs and was part of a strong first round agnst the Ottawa Senators.
Reilly and Redmond will compete for a spot on the NHL’s All-Star team this season.
Reilly, 24, has one season remning on the five-year contract he signed when he was selected eighth overall in the 2011 draft.
“It’s a dream come true for me,” Reilly sd in a statement released by the Canadiens. “It was important to me to come back to the Canadiens to get this opportunity. I wanted to stay in Montreal to finish what I started with the team.”
Reilly’s father, Rob, was a defenseman for the Canadiens in the 1970s and ’80s, and his younger brother, Ryan, is a defenseman for the Carolina Hurricanes. The younger Reilly sd he was influenced by his father’s success.
“Growing up watching my dad play and the great players he had, I wanted to play like them,” he sd. “But it’s more than that. I’m from a hockey family and I really wanted to play for Montreal.”
Montreal has had some of the highest pd players in the NHL, but general manager Marc Bergevin has had some recent success with free-agent signings. In addition to Reilly and Redmond, the Canadiens have signed forwards Artturi Lehkonen, Tomas Tatar and Michael McCarron and defenseman Jeff Petry to long-term deals since he became general manager.
Montreal has not won a Stanley Cup since 1993, the last time the Canadiens made it to the final. The team has reached the Eastern Conference final four times since 2014. Bergevin sd Friday the team is focusing on the playoffs.
“The reality is that right now we’re a team in transition and there are many new faces and many new faces in leadership positions,” Bergevin sd in a statement released by the Canadiens. “We’ve built a solid foundation, but it’s a continuous process. We’re on the cusp of a new era. We are a team built on winning. We have to win the Stanley Cup.”
For a graphic on the NHL salary cap, click here.
Here are the NHL and NHLPA cap figures for the top-pd players:
1. Shea Weber, Montreal Canadiens, cap hit: $23,750,000
2. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, cap hit: $21,125,000
3. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers, cap hit: $20,547,500
4. Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, cap hit: $20,200,000
5. John Tavares, Toronto Maple Leafs, cap hit: $19,550,000
6. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks, cap hit: $19,200,000
7. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks, cap hit: $19,050,000
8. Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers, cap hit: $18,300,000
9. Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals, cap hit: $17,750,000
10. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings, cap hit: $17,550,000
11. Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins, cap hit: $17,000,000
12. John Carlson, Washington Capitals, cap hit: $16,900,000
13. Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens, cap hit: $16,750