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Eric Lindros - Steve Yzerman - Mario Lemieux - Wayne Gretzky

For the second year in a row, and the last time, Eric Lindros is the best-paid NHLer. While he has what turns out to be his second best career season stats-wise, with 44 goals and 97 points, Wayne Gretzky and Pavel Bure respectively lead the league in points (130) and goals (60). The New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup. 12 NHLers now earn over $2M, compared to only 4 the previous year. 

Rank Player Team NHL Salary ($US) In today's  $  +/- ($) +/- (%)
1 Eric Lindros Philadelphia $3,500,000 $6,067,474    
2 Steve Yzerman Detroit $3,214,520 $5,572,576 $1,714,520 114%
3 Wayne Gretzky Los Angeles $3,000,000 $5,200,692    
3 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh $3,000,000 $5,200,692 $592,000 25%
5 Patrick Roy Montreal $2,712,500 $4,702,292 $1,389,300 105%
6 Mark Messier New York Rangers $2,533,000 $4,391,118 $148,000 6%
7 Raymond Bourque Boston $2,500,000 $4,333,910 $1,303,000 109%
8 Pierre Turgeon New York Islanders $2,350,000 $4,073,875 $1,550,000 194%
9 Pat Lafontaine Buffalo $2,217,202 $3,843,662 $442,202 25%
10 Brett Hull St.Louis $2,200,000 $3,813,841 $600,000 38%
11 Alexander Mogilny Buffalo $2,000,000 $3,467,128 $1,815,000 981%
11 Phil Housley St.Louis $2,000,000 $3,467,128    
13 Alexandre Daigle Ottawa $1,975,000 $3,423,789    
14 Brian Leetch New York Rangers $1,805,000 $3,129,083    
15 Marty Mcsorley Los Angeles / Pittsburgh $1,800,000 $3,120,415 $1,150,000 177%
15 Kelly Miller Washington $1,800,000 $3,120,415 $1,360,000 309%
17 Joe Sakic Quebec $1,705,000 $2,955,727 $878,000 106%
18 Luc Robitaille Los Angeles $1,600,000 $2,773,702 $200,000 14%
18 Grant Fuhr Buffalo $1,600,000 $2,773,702 $276,800 21%
18 Gary Roberts Calgary $1,600,000 $2,773,702 $1,145,150 252%
18 Chris Pronger Hartford $1,600,000 $2,773,702    
22 Mark Recchi Philadelphia $1,550,000 $2,687,024 $650,000 72%
23 Mike Modano Dallas $1,450,000 $2,513,668 $850,000 142%
23 Craig Janney St.Louis $1,450,000 $2,513,668 $1,050,000 263%
25 Andy Moog Dallas $1,400,000 $2,426,990 $300,000 27%
25 Dino Ciccarelli Detroit $1,400,000 $2,426,990 $550,000 65%

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