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Jaromir Jagr - Top 25 NHL Fortunes

Jagr still leads the Top 25 NHL fortunes accumulated since 1989, with nearly $US118M but will finally be passed by Crosby in 2019-20. Did you expect Shea Weber to be 6th and, more importantly, how is your 401k/RSSP doing?

Bobby Hull - Bobby Orr - Phil Esposito

Montreal won the Stanley Cup while Guy Lafleur had the most goals and points with Bryan Trottier following in total points and Mike Bossy as the second goal-scorer with 53. Bobby Orr missed the whole season with an injury.

Mario Lemieux - Wayne Gretzky - Mark Messier

Mario Lemieux had the highest NHL base salary but Wayne Gretzky led the NHL with 142 points and, by far, had more lucrative endorsement deals. They were the only 2 NHLers making over a million a year in base salary.

Wayne Gretzky - Mario Lemieux

Mario Lemieux, who missed most of the season, won his first Stanley Cup while falling behind Wayne Gretzky as the best-paid NHLer. 7 players were now making more than a million per season, up from 2 the previous year.

Wayne Gretzky - Mario Lemieux - Brett Hull

Wayne Gretzky is still the best-paid NHLer but his LA Kings are eliminated in the first round while Mario Lemieux wins a second Stanley Cup in a row. There are now 16 NHLers making more than $1M per season.

Eric Lindros - Wayne Gretzky - Mario Lemieux

Rookie Eric Lindros is the best-paid NHLer while Teemu Selanne wins the Calder Trophy and breaks the rookie scoring record with 76 goals.For the first time, everybody in the Top 25 NHL salaries is making over $1M.

Wayne Gretzky - Mario LemieuxEric Lindros - Steve Yzerman - Mario Lemieux - Wayne Gretzky

For the second year in a row, and the last Eric Lindros is the best-paid NHLer. Wayne Gretzky and Pavel Bure respectively lead the league with points and goals, and the Rangers win the Stanley Cup. 12 NHLers now earn over $2M.

Wayne Gretzky - Mark Messier - Scott Stevens

In this lockout year, a 48-game season ends up being played and New Jersey wins the Cup. Jagr and Lindros have the most points, with 70, while top-paid Gretzky gets only 48. Rookie Paul Kariya is the 13th best-paid NHLer.

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. Colorado, with Patrick Roy as goalie, won the Stanley Cup. Mario Lemieux led the NHL in goals and points.