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Wayne Gretzky - Mario Lemieux - Brett Hull

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 NHL Salary ($US) In today's  $  +/- ($) +/- (%)
1 Wayne Gretzky $3,000,000 $5,632,159    
2 Mario Lemieux $2,338,000 $4,389,329 $338,000 17%
3 Brett Hull $1,500,000 $2,816,079 $334,000 29%
4 Steve Yzerman $1,400,000 $2,628,341 $100,000 8%
4 Pat Lafontaine $1,400,000 $2,628,341 $1,000,000 250%
6 Kevin Stevens $1,375,000 $2,581,406 $1,225,000 817%
7 John Cullen $1,200,000 $2,252,863 $1,070,000 823%
8 Raymond Bourque $1,196,000 $2,245,354 $96,000 9%
9 Scott Stevens $1,155,000 $2,168,381 $380,000 49%
10 Chris Chelios $1,100,000 $2,065,125 $500,000 83%
10 Luc Robitaille $1,100,000 $2,065,125 $780,000 244%
12 Denis Savard $1,091,250 $2,048,698 $619,900 132%
13 Mark Messier $1,084,000 $2,035,087 $259,566 31%
14 Patrick Roy $1,047,600 $1,966,750 $619,100 144%
15 Paul Coffey $1,000,000 $1,877,386 $100,000 11%
15 Doug Wilson $1,000,000 $1,877,386 $450,000 82%
17 Ed Belfour $925,000 $1,736,582 $805,000 671%
18 Esa Tikkanen $873,000 $1,638,958 $530,200 155%
19 Rick Tocchet $815,000 $1,530,070 $65,000 9%
20 Guy Carbonneau $807,525 $1,516,036 $516,145 177%
21 Cam Neely $800,000 $1,501,909 $50,000 7%
21 Jari Kurri $800,000 $1,501,909 $300,000 60%
21 Charlie Huddy $800,000 $1,501,909 $628,600 367%
21 Mark Recchi $800,000 $1,501,909 $695,000 662%
25 Al MacInnis $785,700 $1,475,062 $100,100 15%

Photo credit: Upper Deck and Parkhurst.