Each team has its top performers and its top paid players. If things went as planned, these would line up; but they don't.
The best players in the game are not always the highest paid, and the highest paid are not necessarily the best.
Alex Ovechkin, for instance, is still one of the best players in the league. That does not, however, mean his performance matched up with his $9.0 million salary.
On the flip side, Pavel Datsyuk does not fall in the top 25 highest paid players in the league, but he is arguably the most valuable player in the world.
The following takes a look at the Vancouver Canucks' top five price performers from 2011-12.