5. Joe Thornton: $83,175,000
No surprise here to see Boston’s former 1st overall pick make this list. The 36 year old San Jose Shark player has made a minimum of $6.6million every season since following the lockout. Since the lockout, Joe Thornton has been keen on signing 3-year deals. Thornton signed four big money deals throughout his career, once with Boston and the other three times with his current team, the San Jose Sharks. The breakdown of Joe’s four deals are almost identical, signing a 3-year deal worth $20 million from 05 to 08, then another 3 year from 08-11 (worth $21.6 million), following that up with another 3-year deal worth $21 million, and finally signing a deal which started this season worth $20.25 million. Thornton’s contract is set to expire when he hits the tender age of 38. The question remains if Joe has another 3-year deal left in him.