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Eric Lindros, in his first NHL season, is the best-paid player of the league. Teemu Selanne, also a rookie, is the 7th best-paid NHLer. He wins the Calder trophy and breaks the rookie scoring record with 76 goals. Mario Lemieux is the points leader while Wayne Gretzky, missing more than half th season, doesn't finish in the scoring top 3 of the league for the first time in his career. Montréal, led by Patrick Roy, wins the Stanley Cup in 5 games against the LA Kings. For the first time, everybody in the Top 25 NHL salaries is making over $1M.

Rank Player Team NHL Salary ($US) In today's  $  +/- ($) +/- (%)
1 Eric Lindros Philadelphia $3,500,000 $6,249,109    
2 Wayne Gretzky Los Angeles $3,000,000 $5,356,379    
3 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh $2,408,000 $4,299,387 $70,000 3%
4 Mark Messier New York Rangers $2,385,000 $4,258,321 $1,301,000 120%
5 Pat Lafontaine Buffalo $1,775,000 $3,169,191 $375,000 27%
6 Brett Hull St.Louis $1,600,000 $2,856,736 $100,000 7%
7 Teemu Selanne Winnipeg $1,571,300 $2,805,493    
8 Steve Yzerman Detroit $1,500,000 $2,678,190 $100,000 7%
9 Luc Robitaille Los Angeles $1,400,000 $2,499,644 $300,000 27%
10 Brendan Shanahan St.Louis $1,390,000 $2,481,789 $765,000 122%
11 Kevin Stevens Pittsburgh $1,375,000 $2,455,007    
12 Mike Gartner New York Rangers $1,350,000 $2,410,371 $670,000 99%
13 Patrick Roy Montreal $1,323,200 $2,362,520 $275,600 26%
13 Grant Fuhr Toronto / Buffalo $1,323,200 $2,362,520 $953,048 257%
15 Raymond Bourque Boston $1,197,000 $2,137,195 $1,000 0%
16 Scott Stevens New Jersey $1,180,000 $2,106,842 $25,000 2%
17 John Vanbiesbrouck New York Rangers $1,150,000 $2,053,279 $775,000 207%
18 Dale Hawerchuk Buffalo $1,125,000 $2,008,642 $475,000 73%
18 Tom Barrasso Pittsburgh $1,125,000 $2,008,642 $750,000 200%
20 Chris Chelios Chicago $1,100,000 $1,964,006    
20 Paul Coffey Los Angeles / Detroit $1,100,000 $1,964,006 $100,000 10%
20 Andy Moog Boston $1,100,000 $1,964,006 $800,000 267%
23 Mark Howe Detroit $1,050,000 $1,874,733 $425,000 68%
24 Tomas Sandstrom Los Angeles $1,040,000 $1,856,878 $290,000 39%
25 Denis Savard Montreal $1,033,750 $1,845,719 -$57,500 -5%