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Wayne Gretzky - Mario Lemieux

Mario Lemieux missed the first 50 games of the 1990-1991 season with a back injury, and fell second to Wayne Gretzky as the best-paid NHLer, but won his first Stanley Cup and was named playoff's MVP. Wayne Gretzky was points leader for the league while Brett Hull was the best scorer with 86 goals. 7 players were now making more than a million per season, up from 2 the previous year.

Rank Player Team NHL Salary ($US) In today's  $  +/- ($) +/- (%)
1 Wayne Gretzky Los Angeles $3,000,000 $5,749,809 $1,280,000 74%
2 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh $2,177,000 $4,172,445 $177,000 9%
3 Steve Yzerman Detroit $1,300,000 $2,491,584 $600,000 86%
4 Raymond Bourque Boston $1,194,000 $2,288,424 $694,000 139%
5 Brett Hull St.Louis $1,116,000 $2,138,929 $991,000 793%
6 Denis Savard Montreal $1,071,250 $2,053,161 $546,250 104%
7 Patrick Roy Montreal $1,028,400 $1,971,034 $774,900 306%
8 Paul Coffey Pittsburgh $900,000 $1,724,943 $450,000 100%
9 Chris Chelios Chicago $865,000 $1,657,862 $379,125 78%
10 Mark Messier Edmonton $824,434 $1,580,113 -$12,708 -2%
11 Scott Stevens St.Louis $775,000 $1,485,367 $475,000 158%
12 Cam Neely Boston $750,000 $1,437,452 $425,000 131%
12 Steve Larmer Chicago $750,000 $1,437,452 $485,000 183%
12 Rick Tocchet Philadelphia $750,000 $1,437,452 $500,000 200%
15 Al Macinnis Calgary $685,600 $1,314,023 $284,225 71%
16 Mike Gartner New York Rangers $680,000 $1,303,290 $280,000 70%
17 Brian Bellows Minnesota $675,000 $1,293,707 $375,000 125%
18 Ron Hextall Philadelphia $660,000 $1,264,958 $160,000 32%
19 Stephane Richer Montreal $642,750 $1,231,897 $410,375 177%
20 Michel Goulet Chicago $600,000 $1,149,962 $93,000 18%
20 James Patrick New York Rangers $600,000 $1,149,962 $285,000 90%
20 Kevin Hatcher Washington $600,000 $1,149,962 $415,000 224%
23 Mark Howe Philadelphia $563,000 $1,079,047 $138,000 32%
24 Peter Stastny New Jersey $560,000 $1,073,298 $154,400 38%
25 Larry Robinson Los Angeles $550,000 $1,054,132    
25 Doug Wilson Chicago $550,000 $1,054,132 $50,000 10%

Photo credit: Score and Upper Deck.