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Wayne Gretzky - Mario LemieuxWayne Gretzky - Mark Messier - Scott Stevens

In this lockout year by NHL owners, the season ends up being shortened to 48 games and salaries are prorated accordingly. The New Jersey Devils win the Stanley Cup while Jaromir Jagr and Eric Lindros lead the league together with 70 points. The 2 best-paid players of the NHL, Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier, respectively only get 48 and 53 points. Rookie Paul Kariya, drafted 4th overall by Anaheim the previous summer, is already the 13th best-paid NHLer.

Rank Player NHL Salary ($US) In today's  $  +/- ($) +/- (%)
1 Wayne Gretzky $3,737,159 $6,447,986 $737,159 25%
2 Mark Messier $3,596,059 $6,204,536 $1,063,059 42%
3 Scott Stevens $3,314,286 $5,718,373 $2,193,036 196%
4 Pavel Bure $2,571,429 $4,436,669 $1,850,679 257%
5 Mario Lemieux $2,326,531 $4,014,129 -$673,469 -22%
6 Eric Lindros $2,080,000 $3,588,772 -$1,420,000 -41%
7 Pat Lafontaine $2,036,454 $3,513,639 -$180,748 -8%
8 Al MacInnis $2,000,000 $3,450,742 $992,500 99%
8 Brendan Shanahan $2,000,000 $3,450,742 $1,000,000 100%
10 Brett Hull $1,885,714 $3,253,557 -$314,286 -14%
11 Steve Yzerman $1,823,126 $3,145,568 -$1,391,394 -43%
12 Sergei Fedorov $1,711,366 $2,952,741 $1,416,366 480%
13 Paul Kariya $1,614,286 $2,785,242    
14 Jaromir Jagr $1,600,000 $2,760,594 $278,000 21%
15 Mike Modano $1,535,714 $2,649,677 $85,714 6%
16 Chris Chelios $1,514,286 $2,612,705 $414,286 38%
17 Patrick Roy $1,457,841 $2,515,317 -$1,254,659 -46%
18 Raymond Bourque $1,430,286 $2,467,774 -$1,069,714 -43%
19 Alexander Mogilny $1,428,571 $2,464,816 -$571,429 -29%
19 Mike Richter $1,428,571 $2,464,816 $428,571 43%
21 Theoren Fleury $1,417,143 $2,445,097 -$1,062,857 -43%
22 Tom Barrasso $1,338,286 $2,309,040 $113,286 9%
23 Pierre Turgeon $1,285,714 $2,218,334 -$1,064,286 -45%
23 Phil Housley $1,285,714 $2,218,334 -$714,286 -36%
25 Bill Ranford $1,254,857 $2,165,094 $305,482 32%
25 Doug Gilmour $1,254,857 $2,165,094 $479,857 62%