Wearing number 4, Chris Phillips played the position of defenseman while playing for the Ottawa Senators during the 2008/2009 National Hockey League season. His salary for the season was reportedly $3,500,000. The total team salary for the Ottawa Senators was reportedly $59,778,117, so his salary was about 5.9% of the team's total reported payroll. The median salary for a player on the Ottawa Senators was $1,250,000. The average salary was $2,490,754. During the 82 games that he played that season, he scored 6 goals and had 16 assists - a total of 22 points. If we divide his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $42,682.93 per game played. Chris Phillips had a plus/minus of -14, 66 PIM (penalties in minutes), 0 PP (power play goals), 1 SH (short-handed goals), 0 GWG (game winning goals), and took 88 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2008/2009 season of 6.80%. 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 $583,333 and his salary per point was $159,091.
But then, there are taxes. Each hockey season is played during two calendar years, however, given an annual salary in the U.S. of $3,500,000 we can estimate that he would have to pay $1,200,689 in federal income taxes. That is about the same amount of tax as the tax paid by 147 median high school teachers, 168 median police officers, or 238 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $2,299,311 left over. However, he may still have to use some of that money to pay state or city taxes as well.