Originally written on Fox - The Hockey Guy  |  Last updated 7/16/13

UNIONDALE, NY - JANUARY 18: Rick DiPietro #39 of the New York Islanders makes a save against the New Jersey Devils on January 18, 2010 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Isles defeated the Devils 4-0. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Many ridiculous NHL contracts evaporated this summer. Compliance buyouts terminated the lavish Rick DiPietro, Ilya Bryzgalov and Vincent Lecavalier deals, among others.Those veterans will get their settlement spread out over time. The hapless DiPietro, for instance, will collect $1.5 million per year until 2029 from the New York Islanders. And people complain about government pensions!Ilya Kovalchuk walked away from the last 12 years and $77 million of his New Jersey Devils contract, presumably so he could collect even more money playing back home in Russia.But plenty of NHL players still make extravagant money. If the league named its Powerball All-Stars, it would look something like this:W: ALEXANDER OVECHKIN, CAPITALSTotal contract: $124 million over 13 years.Scary fact: This deal, which still has $79 million left on it, will pay him $10 million in 2020-21.Positive note: He finished with a flourish last season, inspiring the Professional Hockey Writers Association to vote him to the NHL’s First All-Star
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