What Does It Cost an Owner For An NHL Goal?

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Now that we’ve officially entered into the Capitals bye-week, we have a little time to look at some of the less important aspects of the Capitals 2016-2017 season. We start with a look at one component of player “value” – salary and scoring. Lets take a quick look at what it costs Ted Leonsis for a goal by one of his forwards.

The following table tallies points and goals scored by Washington forwards, and calculates goals scored by the end of the season for each of the players.


Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is paying an average of $166,107 for each goal scored by the forwards during the 2016-2017 regular season. Or, separately he’s paying $73,475 for each point earned by a player this season.

Best Goal Value:

  1. Brett Connolly – $43,345
  2. Andre Burakosvky – $54,191
  3. Jay Beagle – $107,386
  4. T.J. Oshie – $115,992
  5. Justin Williams – $121,875

Best Point Value:

  1. Andre Burakovsky – $20,555
  2. Brett Connolly – $28,897
  3. Evgeny Kuznetsov – $46,296
  4. Jay Beagle – $51,358
  5. T.J. Oshie – $66,684

The cost breakdown above doesn’t include other money required to run a team, such as staff, coaches, scouts, arenas, and other operational costs.

The calculated costs do not include potential playoff scoring, which could be argued, has a greater “value” than regular season scoring.

Obviously players bring more “value” to a team’s besides what shows up on the score sheet. This includes leadership, mentoring/coaching of other players, participating in fan events, personal appearances, practice time and training, media/interviews and so on.

we will begin to break-down these other “value” components in the coming weeks, as we better define player “value”.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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