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Wayne Gretzky - Mario Lemieux

Mario Lemieux missed the first 50 games of the 1990-1991 season with a back injury, and fell second to Wayne Gretzky as the best-paid NHLer, but won his first Stanley Cup and was named playoff's MVP. Wayne Gretzky was points leader for the league while Brett Hull was the best scorer with 86 goals. 7 players were now making more than a million per season, up from 2 the previous year.

Rank Player NHL Salary ($US) In today's  $  +/- ($) +/- (%)
1 Wayne Gretzky $3,000,000 $5,869,166 $1,280,000 74%
2 Mario Lemieux $2,000,000 $3,912,777    
3 Steve Yzerman $1,300,000 $2,543,305 $600,000 86%
4 Brett Hull $1,166,000 $2,281,149 $1,041,000 833%
5 Raymond Bourque $1,100,000 $2,152,028 $600,000 120%
6 Paul Coffey $900,000 $1,760,750 $450,000 100%
7 Mark Messier $824,434 $1,612,913 -$12,708 -2%
8 Scott Stevens $775,000 $1,516,201 $475,000 158%
9 Cam Neely $750,000 $1,467,292 $425,000 131%
9 Steve Larmer $750,000 $1,467,292 $485,000 183%
9 Rick Tocchet $750,000 $1,467,292 $500,000 200%
12 Al MacInnis $685,600 $1,341,300 $284,225 71%
13 Brian Bellows $675,000 $1,320,562 $375,000 125%
14 Ron Hextall $660,000 $1,291,217 $160,000 32%
15 James Patrick $650,000 $1,271,653 $335,000 106%
16 Stephane Richer $642,750 $1,257,469 $410,375 177%
17 Chris Chelios $600,000 $1,173,833 $114,125 23%
17 Kevin Hatcher $600,000 $1,173,833 $415,000 224%
19 Mark Howe $563,000 $1,101,447 $138,000 32%
20 Peter Stastny $560,000 $1,095,578 $154,400 38%
21 Larry Robinson $550,000 $1,076,014    
21 Doug Wilson $550,000 $1,076,014 $50,000 10%
23 Petr Svoboda $535,625 $1,047,891 $282,125 111%
24 Dale Hawerchuk $525,000 $1,027,104 $271,500 107%
25 Dave Taylor $500,000 $978,194    
25 Jari Kurri $500,000 $978,194 $77,500 18%
25 Mike Gartner $500,000 $978,194 $100,000 25%
25 Jimmy Carson $500,000 $978,194 $100,000 25%
25 Pierre Turgeon $500,000 $978,194 $375,000 300%

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