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Bobby Hull - Bobby Orr - Phil Esposito

In 1977-78, the Montreal Canadien lost only 10 games in the regular season and won a second Stanley Cup in a row. Guy Lafleur had the most goals (60) and points (132) in the season with Bryan Trottier following in total points and Mike Bossy as the second goal-scorer with 53 goals. Bobby Orr missed the whole season with a knee injury - he came back the next season but only played 6 games before retiring.

Rank Player Team NHL Salary ($US) In today's  $
1 Bobby Hull Winnipeg (WHA) $1,000,000 $4,133,663
2 Bobby Orr Chicago (injured all season) $500,000 $2,066,832
3 Phil Esposito New York Rangers $325,000 $1,343,441
4 Marcel Dionne Los Angeles $300,000 $1,240,099
5 Brad Park Boston $250,000 $1,033,416
5 Walter Tkaczuk New York Rangers $250,000 $1,033,416
7 Gilbert Perreault Buffalo $200,000 $826,733
7 Stan Mikita Chicago $200,000 $826,733
7 Tony Esposito Chicago $200,000 $826,733
10 Garry Unger St.Louis $175,000 $723,391
10 Wayne Dillon New York Rangers $175,000 $723,391
12 Richard Martin Buffalo $170,000 $702,723
13 Guy Lafleur Montreal $169,200 $699,416
13 Ken Dryden Montreal $169,200 $699,416
15 Guy Lapointe Montreal $164,500 $679,988
16 Gerry Cheevers Boston $160,000 $661,386
16 Bobby Clarke Philadelphia $160,000 $661,386
16 Wilf Paiement Colorado $160,000 $661,386
19 Darryl Sittler Toronto $155,100 $641,131
20 Doug Favell Toronto $155,000 $640,718
21 Yvan Cournoyer Montreal $150,400 $621,703
22 Vaclav Nedomansky Detroit $150,000 $620,050
22 Bill Barber Philadelphia $150,000 $620,050
22 Dale Tallon Chicago $150,000 $620,050
22 Denis Potvin New York Islanders $150,000 $620,050
22 Jean Ratelle Boston $150,000 $620,050
22 Rick MacLeish Philadelphia $150,000 $620,050
22 Syl Apps Pittsburgh / Los Angeles $150,000 $620,050

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