Wearing number 40, Patrick Lalime played the position of goaltender while playing for the Buffalo Sabres during the 2010/2011 National Hockey League season. His salary for the season was reportedly $600,000. The total team salary for the Buffalo Sabres was reportedly $56,255,000, so his salary was about 1.1% of the team's total reported payroll. The median salary for a player on the Buffalo Sabres was $1,475,000, while the average salary was $2,343,958. During the 7 games that he played that season, he scored 0 goals and had 1 assist - a total of 1 point. Dividing his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $85,714.29 per game. Patrick Lalime had a plus/minus of 0, 0 PIM (penalties in minutes), 0 PP (power play goals), 0 SH (short-handed goals), 0 GWG (game winning goals), and took 0 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2010/2011 season of 0.00%. His goaltending statistics include 365 min, 163 SA (shots against), 018 GA (goals against), 2.96 GAA (goals against average), 89.00% save percent, and a record of 0-5-0, including 0 shutouts. If we want to try to evaluate his performance strictly as a goaltender, we can divide his salary by the number of shots against. His salary per shot against was $3,681.
What about taxes? The hockey season is split between two calendar years, however, with a annual U.S.-based salary of $600,000 he can expect to pay around $185,284 in federal income taxes. That is about the same dollar amount of tax as the tax paid by 23 median high school teachers, 26 median police officers, or 37 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $414,716 left over, although he still may have to pay city or state tax.
Author: Mark McCracken is a corporate trainer and author living in Higashi Osaka, Japan. He is the author of thousands of online articles as well as the Business English textbook, "25 Business Skills in English".