Good thing the NHL office doesn't have a salary cap.
Not with commissioner Gary Bettman clocking in at a cool $7.5 million a year.
Bettman got a 4% increase for the 2009-10 season, bringing his salary-plus-benefits package to $7.5 million, according to a report on the Sports Business Journal website. Based on the NHL's most recent tax filing, the report says, Bettman's base salary was $5,787,524 and other compensation and benefits totalled $1,729,954.
Ten of the NHL's top executives, including Bettman, raked in a total of $17 million for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1010. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly was paid $2 million, director of hockey operations Colin Campbell made $1.5 million and officiating manager Don Koharski hauled in $1.1 million.
Bettman's salary has doubled since the NHL lockout in 2004-05, when he was paid $3.7 million. But it's still small potatoes compared with the salaries of MLB commissioner Bud Selig ($18.35 million) and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell ($10.9 million).
The NHL listed $83.3 million in expenses on the tax filing.
Forward Ryan Callahan of the New York Rangers leads the next wave of NHL arbitration hearings this week.
Callahan, a 26-year-old who had 23 goals and 25 assists in 60 games last season, has his salary arbitration hearing Thursday. Five other restricted free agents will have their hearings in the next week or so.
Vancouver Canucks winger Jannik Hansen has a hearing on Friday.
Two big-name RFAs, defenceman Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators and forward Zach Parise of the New Jersey Devils, have hearing scheduled for next week. Weber is booked for Aug. 2 and Parise Aug. 3.
Devils defenceman Mark Fraser and New York Islanders forward Blake Comeau will have their hearings Aug. 4.
Eminger stays in N.Y.
The New York Rangers have agreed to contract terms with defenceman Steve Eminger.
Eminger had two goals and four assists in 65 games last season with the Rangers -- his sixth club since 2007-08.
The 27-year-old was drafted 12th overall in 2002 by the Washington Capitals.
In 411 career games, Eminger has 17 goals and 74 assists. He has also played for Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Florida and Anaheim.
Back to school
Andy Murray will be named coach of the Western Michigan University Broncos hockey team Tuesday, according to a report on CollegeHockeyNews.com.
Murray, a 60-year-old from Gladstone, Man., previously coached the St. Louis Blues (2006-10) and Los Angeles Kings (1999-2006), compiling a record of 333-278-58-71 in 740 career NHL games. He was fired in January 2010 after the Blues got off to a 17-17-0 start.
The only time Murray has coached at the collegiate level came in 1979 with Brandon University. He also has been an assistant coach in Philadelphia, Minnesota and Winnipeg.
Murray takes over at Western Michigan for Jeff Blashill, who was recently hired by the Detroit Red Wings as an assistant coach. Blashill went 19-13-10 in CCHA play and the Broncos made the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1996 during his one season at coach at Western Michigan.
Big defenceman Jamieson Oleksiak, a first-round pick of the Dallas Stars last month, has decided to leave Northeastern University and play for the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL. The 6-foot-7, 240-pounder from Toronto had three goals and nine assists in 34 games as a freshman with Northeastern last season ... The Vancouver Canucks have signed winger Byron Bitz, a 27-year-old from Saskatoon who has played 87 career NHL games with Florida and Boston. Bitz didn't play in 2010-11 after having sports hernia surgery in October ... The Florida Panthers signed minor-league defenceman Michael Caruso to a one-year, two-way contract. Caruso, 23, had five goals and four assists in 75 games with Rochester of the AHL last season.