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Eric Lindros - Wayne Gretzky - Mario Lemieux

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 NHL Salary ($US) In today's  $  +/- ($) +/- (%)
1 Mario Lemieux $3,600,000 $6,561,083 $1,262,000 54%
2 Eric Lindros $3,500,000 $6,378,831    
3 Wayne Gretzky $3,000,000 $5,467,569    
4 Mark Messier $2,385,000 $4,346,718 $1,301,000 120%
5 Mike Modano $1,950,000 $3,553,920 $1,350,000 225%
6 Pat Lafontaine $1,775,000 $3,234,979 $375,000 27%
7 Brian Leetch $1,700,000 $3,098,289 $1,450,000 580%
8 Brett Hull $1,600,000 $2,916,037 $100,000 7%
9 Teemu Selanne $1,571,300 $2,863,731    
10 Steve Yzerman $1,500,000 $2,733,785 $100,000 7%
11 Luc Robitaille $1,400,000 $2,551,532 $300,000 27%
12 Brendan Shanahan $1,390,000 $2,533,307 $765,000 122%
13 Kevin Stevens $1,375,000 $2,505,969    
14 Mike Gartner $1,350,000 $2,460,406 $670,000 99%
15 Patrick Roy $1,323,200 $2,411,563 $275,600 26%
15 Grant Fuhr $1,323,200 $2,411,563 $953,048 257%
17 Brian Bellows $1,240,500 $2,260,840 $490,500 65%
18 Raymond Bourque $1,197,000 $2,181,560 $1,000 0%
19 Scott Stevens $1,180,000 $2,150,577 $25,000 2%
20 Phil Housley $1,157,800 $2,110,117 $743,125 179%
21 Dale Hawerchuk $1,150,000 $2,095,902 $500,000 77%
21 John Vanbiesbrouck $1,150,000 $2,095,902 $775,000 207%
23 Tom Barrasso $1,125,000 $2,050,339 $750,000 200%
24 Chris Chelios $1,100,000 $2,004,775    
24 Paul Coffey $1,100,000 $2,004,775 $100,000 10%

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