The man pictured here is Brad Richards, the newest member of the New York Rangers. Richards also is the proud owner of a $12 million paycheck come this season, the third highest in the league's history.
With the free agency debacle over with and the season right around the corner, it is time now to look at each NHL team's highest paid player and determine if they are worth their weight in gold on the ice.
Keep in mind that although Brad Richards may be earning $12 million next season, he only has a cap hit of $6.7 million per season. Ah yes, the miracles of contract signing have made it possible for a player to earn double his cap hit in one season but, not burden his team over the cap. Therefore, this list will solely be about each player's cap hit in order to keep everyone on a level playing field. Let's begin.