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Wayne Gretzky - Mark Messier - Keith Tkachuk

This is the first season that some NHLers were paid over $4M/year, with 8 players in that category, although some would have in 1994-95 without a lockout. The Colorado Avalanche, freshly moved from Québec and with Patrick Roy as goalie, won the Stanley Cup. Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr led the NHL, first and second respectively, in goals and points.

Rank Player NHL Salary ($US) In today's  $  +/- ($) +/- (%)
1 Wayne Gretzky $6,545,400 $10,982,013 $2,808,241 75%
2 Mark Messier $6,000,000 $10,066,929 $2,403,941 67%
2 Keith Tkachuk $6,000,000 $10,066,929 $5,163,429 617%
4 Mario Lemieux $4,571,400 $7,669,993 $2,244,869 96%
5 Pavel Bure $4,500,000 $7,550,197 $1,928,571 75%
6 Pat Lafontaine $4,300,000 $7,214,633 $2,263,546 111%
7 Eric Lindros $4,182,000 $7,016,650 $2,102,000 101%
8 Sergei Fedorov $4,162,000 $6,983,093 $2,450,634 143%
9 Brett Hull $3,800,000 $6,375,722 $1,914,286 102%
10 Alexander Mogilny $3,750,000 $6,291,831 $2,321,429 163%
11 Steve Yzerman $3,703,800 $6,214,315 $1,880,674 103%
12 Paul Coffey $3,600,000 $6,040,157 $2,771,429 334%
13 Brendan Shanahan $3,475,000 $5,830,430 $1,475,000 74%
14 Pierre Turgeon $3,400,000 $5,704,593 $2,114,286 164%
15 Jaromir Jagr $3,250,000 $5,452,920 $1,650,000 103%
16 Scott Stevens $3,200,000 $5,369,029 -$114,286 -3%
16 Al MacInnis $3,200,000 $5,369,029 $1,200,000 60%
18 Mike Richter $3,000,000 $5,033,465 $1,571,429 110%
19 Kevin Stevens $2,937,600 $4,928,769 $2,213,029 305%
20 Patrick Roy $2,929,997 $4,916,012 $1,472,156 101%
21 Mike Modano $2,921,900 $4,902,427 $1,386,186 90%
22 Teemu Selanne $2,750,000 $4,614,009 $1,913,429 229%
22 Ed Belfour $2,750,000 $4,614,009 $1,921,429 232%
24 Dominik Hasek $2,725,300 $4,572,567 $1,496,729 122%
25 Chris Chelios $2,725,000 $4,572,064 $1,210,714 80%