Playing left winger and wearing number 12, Simon Gagne played for the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2008/2009 NHL season. He earned a salary, reportedly, of $5,250,000. The total team salary for the Philadelphia Flyers was reportedly $60,472,500, so his salary represented 8.7% of that total team payroll. The average salary for a player on the Philadelphia Flyers was $2,748,750. The median salary was $1,950,000. He played a total of 79 games that season, with 34 goals and 40 assists - a total of 74 points. Dividing his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $66,455.70 per game. Simon Gagne had a plus/minus of 21, 42 PIM (penalties in minutes), 12 PP (power play goals), 4 SH (short-handed goals), 3 GWG (game winning goals), and took 221 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2008/2009 season of 15.40%. We can divide his salary by the number of goals scored, as well as by the number of points (goals plus assists), if we want to try to evaluate his performance strictly on offense. His salary per goal scored was $154,412 and his salary per point was $70,946.
What about taxes? The hockey season is split between two calendar years, however, with an annual U.S.-based salary of $5,250,000 he can expect to pay around $1,813,189 in federal income taxes. That is about the same dollar amount of tax as the tax paid by 223 median high school teachers, 253 median police officers, or 360 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $3,436,811 left over, although he still may have to pay city or state tax.