Five months before the 2012 NHL lockout began the League boasted about being on pace for record total revenues for a seventh straight year. Projecting over $3.2 billion it was according to the League a 195 percent increase in about a decade.
Between sponsorships the success of the Winter Classic and television ratings you can see why the money was/is rolling in.

Big NHL revenues also means big money for its employees with Commissioner Gary Bettman being atop of that list as League leader.

According to Chris Botta of Sports Business Journal Bettman's salary for the fiscal year ending June 2012 reached the highest of his tenure at $8.3 million according to a most recent tax filing.

(This is certainly why Bettman is smiling in the photo above.)

(That and meeting Lisa Leslie.)

(Probably.)

But while Bettman's total compensation has continually increased over time it's still nowhere near his counterparts in the other major sports leagues.