During the 2010/2011 NHL season, Mike Knuble played right winger for the Washington Capitals, wearing number 22. He earned a salary, reportedly, of $2,800,000. The total team salary for the Washington Capitals was reportedly $68,425,000, so his salary was about 4.1% of the team's total reported payroll. The median salary for a player on the Washington Capitals was $1,875,000, while the average salary was $2,534,259. During the 79 games that he played that season, he scored 24 goals and had 16 assists - a total of 40 points. Dividing his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $35,443.04 per game. Mike Knuble had a plus/minus of 10, 36 PIM (penalties in minutes), 7 PP (power play goals), 1 SH (short-handed goals), 1 GWG (game winning goals), and took 203 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2010/2011 season of 11.80%. 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 $116,667 and his salary per point was $70,000.
What about taxes? The hockey season is split between two calendar years, however, with a annual U.S.-based salary of $2,800,000 he can expect to pay around $955,284 in federal income taxes. That is about the same dollar amount of tax as the tax paid by 117 median high school teachers, 133 median police officers, or 189 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $1,844,716 left over, although he still may have to pay city or state tax.