During the 2009/2010 NHL season, Vernon Fiddler played left winger for the Phoenix Coyotes, wearing number 38. His salary for the time he spent on the ice that season was reportedly $1,100,000. The total team salary for the Phoenix Coyotes was reportedly $49,025,000, so his salary was about 2.2% of the team's total reported payroll. The median salary for a player on the Phoenix Coyotes was $1,125,000. The average salary was $1,885,576. During the 76 games that he played that season, he scored 8 goals and had 22 assists - a total of 30 points. If we divide his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $14,473.68 per game played. Vernon Fiddler had a plus/minus of 13, 46 PIM (penalties in minutes), 0 PP (power play goals), 3 SH (short-handed goals), 1 GWG (game winning goals), and took 119 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2009/2010 season of 6.70%. 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 $137,500 and his salary per point was $36,667.
But then, there are taxes. Each hockey season is played during two calendar years, however, given an annual salary in the U.S. of $1,100,000 we can estimate that he would have to pay $360,649 in federal income taxes. That is about the same amount of tax as the tax paid by 44 median high school teachers, 50 median police officers, or 72 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $739,351 left over. However, he may still have to use some of that money to pay state or city taxes as well.