Forbes has released its annual evaluation of the NHL’s richest franchises.
While players such as John Tavares, Carey Price and Connor McDavid are slated to make $15-million during the 2018-2019 season, the Forbes list makes it clear those amounts are only a fraction of what the teams they play for are worth.
On Tuesday, the NHL announced its newest franchise in Seattle, whose owners had to pay $650-million to join the league. That’s up $150-million from the price tag Vegas payed for only two years ago.
According to Forbes’ list, the New York Rangers are the most valuable team in the NHL, with a total valuation of $1.55-billion.
In second is the Toronto Maple Leafs franchise worth $1.45-billion, followed by the Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks.
The Vancouver Canucks saw their franchise value increase by 1% for a total worth of $735-million, making them the ninth most valuable franchise in the league.
Here’s the full list of NHL franchise valuations, according to Forbes: