That's some nest egg

ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 6:45 AM ET

Wondering just how comfortable or uncomfortable various NHLers are feeling financially as they collect hockey's version of pogey?

Well, hockeyzoneplus.com has detailed how much each player has accumulated dating back as far as 1989.

For example, Roman Turek is obviously still sleeping well in his native Czech Republic having banked $16.6 million US over eight years.

Jarome Iginla has racked up $20 million.

On the high end, Jaromir Jagr has made $74 million, Mark Messier $62 million.

It gives you an idea of just how secure all the game's established players are regardless of their on-ice future.

Now, more notes, quotes and anecdotes from a sports world wondering if anyone alive correctly picked the Final Four teams:

RINK RATS: Robyn Regehr, after surveying the trio of locker stalls assigned to Ryan Smyth and his brothers Kevin and Jared, at their charity game in Red Deer last week: "To get on that line, I'm not sure if your last name has to be Smyth or if you just have to have a big mullet" ... Contrary to popular belief, Team Canada's Kris Draper never did end up joining Derian Hatcher and Chris Chelios as a controversial member of the Motor City Mechanics of the UHL. "Can you please write that?" asked the Wings veteran, citing insurance and immigration issues preventing him from playing in the league with a $700-per-week cap on player salaries ... Roberto Luongo said he was thrilled to join Smyth's ill-fated but noble tour so he could face his first shot from an NHLer since Christmas. He should be the world's most technically sound goalie after spending all his time in Montreal working on positioning with famed goalie coach Francois Allaire ... In front of Luongo at the worlds will be Scott Hannan, who has spent the winter in Vancouver playing with his brother's beer-league team, boasting: "My plus/minus is really good" ... The fact that dismal fan response to Smyth's charity tour prompted the cancellation of his final game in Winnipeg doesn't take away from his efforts to try bridging the gap between fans and players by raising money for charity. That said, the NHLPA website quickly wiped out its link to it. Now that's solidarity.

PARTING GIFTS: Those looking for one of the world's rarest sports photos can find it at Lethbridge's Enmax Centre, where a 16-year-old Lanny McDonald is pictured as a member of the 1969-70 Lethbridge Sugar Kings sans moustache ... Nikolai Khabibulin went from winning the Stanley Cup to being benched in favour of Fred Brathwaite as Russian powerhouse AK Bars Kazan and its 15 NHLers lost in the first round to Lokomotiv ... I'm not as upset about West Virginia being knocked out of the NCAA tourney as I am the fact I won't hear the name Kevin Pittsnogle for another year ... Not sure when it replaced the dunk but the three-point shot has officially become the most exciting play in basketball ... The Flames on-again, off-again relationship with potential affiliate partners in Omaha appears to be close to a resolution as Darryl Sutter heads there again today ... Those looking to soak up the atmosphere of a real junior rink can get a bus ride and ticket to Game 5 in Lethbridge for $45 by calling 510-8632 ... NFL commish Paul Tagliabue summing up the NHL's stature these days: "There's nothing that we do that I would want to compare to the NHL."


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