Vanek $10 million
Dainius Zubrus $3.4 million
After Marian Hossa left for Detroit, Pens G.M. Ray Shero went bargain hunting
to get suitable wingers for Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The results:
veterans Miroslav Satan ($3.5 million) and Ruslan Fedotenko ($2.25
HOW TEAMS SPLIT UP
The Rangers spent most of their payroll on frontline players but scored little.
The Wings were balanced, and it paid off.
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* Goals scored
? Goals allowed
When SI compared
the average cost of attending a game with the cost of living, Texas cities were
the priciest, Anaheim the most reasonable
AVERAGING WHAT IT
costs a family of four* to attend an NFL, NBA, NHL or major league baseball
game, SI came up with a number for every city that has a team in at least one
of those leagues. This number was compared with the cost-of-living index for
that city during the first quarter of 2008. (An index rating below 1.00 for a
city indicates that the Fan Cost Index is lower than the cost of living there;
an index rating above 1.00 means the Fan Cost Index is higher.) Was the price
of being a fan exceeding the cost of living? In Texas it was. Was it cheaper to
go to a game than to do most other things in town? In California it was.