During the 2010/2011 NHL season, Cory Sarich played defenseman for the Calgary Flames, wearing number 6. He earned a salary, reportedly, of $3,700,000. The total team salary for the Calgary Flames was reportedly $66,312,500, so his salary was about 5.6% of the team's total reported payroll. The median salary for a player on the Calgary Flames was $1,350,000, while the average salary was $2,368,303. During the 76 games that he played that season, he scored 4 goals and had 13 assists - a total of 17 points. Dividing his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $48,684.21 per game. Cory Sarich had a plus/minus of 11, 75 PIM (penalties in minutes), 0 PP (power play goals), 0 SH (short-handed goals), 1 GWG (game winning goals), and took 75 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2010/2011 season of 5.30%. If we want to evaluate his performance strictly on offense, we can divide his salary by the number of goals scored, as well as by the number of points (goals plus assists). His salary per goal scored was $925,000 and his salary per point was $217,647.
What about taxes? The hockey season is split between two calendar years, however, with a annual U.S.-based salary of $3,700,000 he can expect to pay around $1,270,284 in federal income taxes. That is about the same dollar amount of tax as the tax paid by 156 median high school teachers, 178 median police officers, or 252 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $2,429,716 left over, although he still may have to pay city or state tax.