One would think that the most valuable teams in the NHL would also be home to the highest-paid players. They, in theory, have more money to spend and thus bigger contracts to throw around. Additionally, better playing means more tickets old, etc. However, that isn’t the case this year—far from it. The top three highest-paid players in the NHL for 2015-2016 are Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks and Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks aren’t far-off the mark with a $925 million team valuation for the number four slot. They made $182 million in revenue in the 2014-2015 season. Meanwhile, the Penguins are valued at $560 million and earned $151 million in revenue last year.
According to Forbes, here are the top three most valuable NHL are the moment.
New York Rangers
When New Yorkers get excited, they bring in the bucks—especially when it means filling up the Madison Square Garden! Playoff runs and semi-finals contributed to this boost. They’re currently valued at $1.2 billion and made $229 million in revenue from the 2014-2015 season.
Again, sometimes value comes down to the fans. They love hockey in Canada. Love it. They love it so much that this team has a 12-year local television contract worth a ton of cash—$68 million to be exact.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Did we mention they love hockey in Canada? The team just wrapped up a 13-year sellout steak at the Air Canada Centre. Yes, that’s a pretty intense streak! Amazingly, they managed to sell out the stadium even though they’ve only been to the playoffs once since 2006. That’s devotion. They’re valued at $1.15 billion and earned $192 million in the 2014-2015 season.