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Mario Lemieux - Mark Messier - Pavel Bure

The Detroit Red Wings win the Stanley Cup in a season where Mario Lemieux got the most point but couldn't lead the Penguins past the 1st round of the playoffs. Anaheim's Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya finish second and third in points, after Lemieux, but are not in the Top 25 best paid NHLers that season.

Rank Player NHL Salary ($US) In today's  $  +/- ($) +/- (%)
1 Mario Lemieux $11,321,000 $18,449,839 $6,749,600 148%
2 Mark Messier $6,000,000 $9,778,203    
3 Wayne Gretzky $5,047,500 $8,225,913 -$1,497,900 -23%
4 Pavel Bure $5,000,000 $8,148,502 $500,000 11%
5 Pat Lafontaine $4,600,000 $7,496,622 $300,000 7%
6 Steve Yzerman $4,492,349 $7,321,183 $788,549 21%
7 Patrick Roy $4,455,944 $7,261,854 $1,525,947 52%
8 Brett Hull $4,400,000 $7,170,682 $600,000 16%
9 Sergei Fedorov $4,200,000 $6,844,742 $38,000 1%
9 Dominik Hasek $4,200,000 $6,844,742 $1,474,700 54%
11 Eric Lindros $4,182,000 $6,815,407    
12 Jaromir Jagr $4,050,000 $6,600,287 $800,000 25%
13 Scott Stevens $3,750,000 $6,111,377 $550,000 17%
14 Brendan Shanahan $3,600,000 $5,866,922 $125,000 4%
14 Mike Richter $3,600,000 $5,866,922 $600,000 20%
16 Alexander Mogilny $3,500,000 $5,703,952 -$250,000 -7%
16 Al MacInnis $3,500,000 $5,703,952 $300,000 9%
18 Jeremy Roenick $3,200,000 $5,215,041 $1,800,000 129%
19 Joe Sakic $3,100,000 $5,052,071 $985,900 47%
20 Brian Leetch $3,087,500 $5,031,700 $475,000 18%
21 Rob Blake $3,075,000 $5,011,329 $750,000 32%
22 Pierre Turgeon $3,000,000 $4,889,101 -$400,000 -12%
22 Pat Verbeek $3,000,000 $4,889,101 $1,250,000 71%
22 Alexei Zhamnov $3,000,000 $4,889,101 $2,088,750 229%
25 Kevin Stevens $2,997,614 $4,885,213 $60,014 2%