Highest paid coaches in the NHL compared to the NFL
Mike Babcock ($8M) — Pete Carroll ($8M+)
Babcock's new five-year deal with the Maple Leafs is reportedly front-loaded, making him the NHL's new No. 1 by a wide margin. In April 2014, Carroll signed an extension with the Seahawks through 2016 that was widely expected, by virtue of owner Paul Allen's deep pockets, to vault him over Saints head coach Sean Payton into the NFL's top spot although their respective salaries are reportedly the same.
Todd McLellan ($3M) — Sean Payton ($8M)
Ex-Sharks bench boss McLellan became the NHL's new No. 2 thanks to his five-year deal with the Oilers. In January 2013, the Saints gave Payton a five-year extension that was contested by the NFL due to some of its terms but was frequently cited as making him the NFL's best paid coach.
Joel Quenneville ($2.75M) — Bill Belichick ($7.5M+)
Quenneville, the Blackhawks bench boss, was the NHL's No. 1 until Babcock and McLellan inked their new deals in May 2015. Belichick is a mystery man. Many media outlets that purport to track salary information admit there's no way to know short of a subpoena exactly what he makes per season, but given Patriots owner Robert Kraft's fondness for Belichick it's likely more than $7.5 million and he's the NFL's top guy in the mad stacks department.
Claude Julien ($2.5M) — Andy Reid ($7.5M)
The Bruins signed Julien to a three-year extension in Nov. 2014 that reportedly lifted him above the $2 million per season mark. Reid was given his reported five-year, $37.5 million deal by the Chiefs in January 2013.
Darryl Sutter ($2.25M) — John Harbaugh ($7M)
Sutter was given a new "multi-year" deal by the Kings according to a team media release in January 2013 and recent reports have put his annual paycheck at $2.25 million. Harbaugh was signed to an extension by the Ravens in March 2014 that bumped his yearly pay from $4 million per to the $7 million neighborhood.
Michel Therrien ($2M) — Tom Coughlin ($7M)
Therrien, the Canadiens bench boss, is just one member of the NHL's reported $2 million club. In March 2015, Coughlin, forever on the hot seat in New York, was given a one-year extension through 2016 that is widely believed to be in line with his currently cited $7 million per season.
Alain Vigneault ($2M) — Chip Kelly ($6.5M)
The well-off Rangers signed ex-Canucks bench boss Vigneault in June 2013 to a reported five-year, $10 million deal that was supposedly fat enough to keep him from landing with the Dallas Stars. Kelly has to be feeling pretty sunny in Philadelphia after inking his five-year, $32.5 million deal with the Eagles in January 2013.
Lindy Ruff ($2M) — Jason Garrett ($6M)
Ruff, the longtime coach of the Sabres, moved on to the Stars in June 2013 and received a four-year deal that reportedly gave him a spot in the $2 million club. Garrett's new five-year contract with the Cowboys, signed in January 2015, was said by NFL.com to be worth a total of $30 million.
Peter Laviolette ($2M) — Bruce Arians ($6M)
The Predators made Laviolette, a veteran of 12 seasons with the Islanders, Hurricanes, and Flyers (with whom he was reportedly paid between $1-$2 million), the second head coach in Nashville's franchise history with a multi-year deal in May 2014. The Toronto Sun says he as well as Therrien, Vigneault, and Ruff are members of the $2 million club. Arians, the former offensive coordinator of the Colts, signed on with the Cardinals in January 2013 for four years at $6 million per according to NFL.com.
Dave Tippett ($2M) — Mike Tomlin ($5.75M)
In June 2013, the highly regarded Tippett signed a five-year extension with the financially struggling Coyotes before entertaining offers from other teams, so his reported $2 million per doesn't seem far-fetched given that the team has new ownership and he likes coaching in Arizona. Tomlin was rewarded by the Steelers with a three-year extension through 2016 in July of 2012 that Forbes reported was worth $5.75 million per season.