Ovechkin made some silly remarks and people are poking fun at him for them. I don't see people tearing him limb from limb and raging at him or the vitriol you are referring to.... There may be some concern however that his shaky grasp of the figures he is using may be an indication of why the players feel they are being ripped off .
... we read the same posts pepty, and its not some subtle nuanced matter of interpretation my friend. Cant you see whats right before your eyes?... anyhoo, as for Ovi being in any way shape or form being "representative" of any group of players, forgetaboutit. That guy is in a minority of one. Heads on another planet. Far flung worlds away. That his play has been frustratingly inconsistent while receiving Superstar remuneration.
This, combined with the swagger & often times beyond bizarre quotes, people infer that he doesnt take the game seriously, is all about the money and his own selfish interests, a self absorbed narcissistic Neanderthal who could care less about the state of "the game", the NHL, his "Union Brothers" or anything much else for that matter, as he's set for life. I dont believe thats true, nor do I believe he's mathematically, intellectually, empathetically, morally or otherwise challenged. On the contrary, I think he's a bright guy with a tremendous depth of humour that belies a sharp & savvy mind. Let him rail on if he wants to. He speaks for himself & no one else. Love him or hate him, your choice.
Players under NHL contract get paid every two weeks but only during the season, so players in the minors - who typically make around $50,000 - have to budget carefully to make sure they don't run out of money for the summer months between checks.
The first paycheck typically arrives in mid-October and the last one in mid-April, making for 13 pay periods throughout the season. For all our clients whose paychecks come to our office, I am responsible for reviewing their accuracy.
The first step is to calculate the player's daily rate of pay. This season there are 187 days for NHL players and 194 for those in the AHL. So, a player with a salary of $1 million in the NHL earns $5,347.59 per day before escrow while an AHL player with a salary of $50,000 will receive $257.73 per day.
Players in the minors are not subject to escrow even if they are on a one-way contract. Therefore, a player such as Denis Gauthier is actually making more money by being in the AHL than he would if he were in the NHL and subject to an escrow withholding of 9.5 percent.
Of course, players are subject to withholding tax like the rest of us but an NHL player's paystub does not include just one line for tax withheld. In fact, players are responsible for paying tax in every state (and some cities) in which they play and earn above a certain income threshold. It is not uncommon for a player to file a dozen or more tax returns a year.
One player whose file I was working on recently and is currently with the St. Louis Blues had to file all the following returns in 2006: United States and Canadian Federal, States of Arizona, North Carolina, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, California, Colorado, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, Pennsylvania and the City of St. Louis.
Edit: Tennessee I believe added a Jock Tax after this article was written.
Edit 2: In AO's case, since he's predominantly playing games against Eastern Conference teams, the list of states/cities will be different, but the article states a return for every state is needed.