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Wayne Gretzky is still the best-paid NHLer but his LA Kings are eliminated in the first round of the playoffs while Mario Lemieux is the league's point leader and wins a second Stanley Cup in a row. Brett Hull is again the NHL goal leader with 70. There are now 16 NHLers making more than $1M per season.

Rank Player Team NHL Salary ($US) In today's  $  +/- ($) +/- (%)
1 Wayne Gretzky Los Angeles $3,000,000 $5,517,621    
2 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh $2,338,000 $4,300,066 $161,000 7%
3 Brett Hull St.Louis $1,500,000 $2,758,811 $384,000 34%
4 Steve Yzerman Detroit $1,400,000 $2,574,890 $100,000 8%
4 Pat Lafontaine Buffalo $1,400,000 $2,574,890 $1,000,000 250%
6 Kevin Stevens Pittsburgh $1,375,000 $2,528,910 $1,225,000 817%
7 John Cullen Hartford $1,200,000 $2,207,048 $1,070,000 823%
8 Raymond Bourque Boston $1,196,000 $2,199,692 $2,000 0%
9 Scott Stevens New Jersey $1,155,000 $2,124,284 $380,000 49%
10 Chris Chelios Chicago $1,100,000 $2,023,128 $235,000 27%
10 Luc Robitaille Los Angeles $1,100,000 $2,023,128 $780,000 244%
12 Denis Savard Montreal $1,091,250 $2,007,035 $20,000 2%
13 Mark Messier New York Rangers $1,084,000 $1,993,700 $259,566 31%
14 Patrick Roy Montreal $1,047,600 $1,926,753 $19,200 2%
15 Paul Coffey Pittsburgh / Los Angeles $1,000,000 $1,839,207 $100,000 11%
15 Doug Wilson San Jose $1,000,000 $1,839,207 $450,000 82%
17 Ed Belfour Chicago $925,000 $1,701,267 $805,000 671%
18 Esa Tikkanen Edmonton $873,000 $1,605,628 $530,200 155%
19 Rick Tocchet Philadelphia / Pittsburgh $815,000 $1,498,954 $65,000 9%
20 Guy Carbonneau Montreal $807,525 $1,485,206    
21 Cam Neely Boston $800,000 $1,471,366 $50,000 7%
21 Charlie Huddy Los Anegles $800,000 $1,471,366 $628,600 367%
21 Mark Recchi Pittsburgh / Philadelphia $800,000 $1,471,366 $695,000 662%
21 Jari Kurri Los Anegles $800,000 $1,471,366    
25 Al Macinnis Calgary $785,700 $1,445,065 $100,100 15%