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Wayne Gretzky - Mario LemieuxWayne Gretzky - Mark Messier - Scott Stevens

In this lockout year by NHL owners, the season ends up being shortened to 48 games and salaries are prorated accordingly. The New Jersey Devils win the Stanley Cup while Jaromir Jagr and Eric Lindros lead the league together with 70 points. The 2 best-paid players of the NHL, Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier, respectively only get 48 and 53 points. Rookie Paul Kariya, drafted 4th overall by Anaheim the previous summer, is already the 13th best-paid NHLer.

Rank Player Team NHL Salary ($US) In today's  $  +/- ($) +/- (%)
1 Wayne Gretzky Los Angeles $3,737,159 $6,316,858 $737,159 25%
2 Mark Messier New York Rangers $3,596,059 $6,078,359 $1,063,059 42%
3 Scott Stevens New Jersey $3,314,286 $5,602,082 $2,193,036 196%
4 Pavel Bure Vancouver $2,571,429 $4,346,443 $1,850,679 257%
5 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh $2,326,531 $3,932,496 -$673,469 -22%
6 Eric Lindros Philadelphia $2,080,000 $3,515,789 -$1,420,000 -41%
7 Pat Lafontaine Buffalo $2,036,454 $3,442,185 -$180,748 -8%
8 Al Macinnis St.Louis $2,000,000 $3,380,567 $992,500 99%
8 Brendan Shanahan St.Louis $2,000,000 $3,380,567 $1,000,000 100%
10 Brett Hull St.Louis $1,885,714 $3,187,392 -$314,286 -14%
11 Steve Yzerman Detroit $1,823,126 $3,081,599 -$1,391,394 -43%
12 Sergei Fedorov Detroit $1,711,366 $2,892,693 $1,416,366 480%
13 Paul Kariya Anaheim $1,614,286 $2,728,600    
14 Jaromir Jagr Pittsburgh $1,600,000 $2,704,453 $278,000 21%
15 Mike Modano Dallas $1,535,714 $2,595,792 $85,714 6%
16 Chris Chelios Chicago $1,514,286 $2,559,572 $414,286 38%
17 Patrick Roy Montreal $1,457,841 $2,464,165 -$1,254,659 -46%
18 Raymond Bourque Boston $1,430,286 $2,417,588 -$1,069,714 -43%
19 Alexander Mogilny Buffalo $1,428,571 $2,414,691 -$571,429 -29%
19 Mike Richter New York Rangers $1,428,571 $2,414,691 $428,571 43%
21 Tom Barrasso Pittsburgh $1,338,286 $2,262,082 $113,286 9%
22 Pierre Turgeon New York Islanders / Montreal $1,285,714 $2,173,222 -$1,064,286 -45%
22 Phil Housley Calgary $1,285,714 $2,173,222 -$714,286 -36%
24 Bill Ranford Edmonton $1,254,857 $2,121,064 $305,482 32%
24 Doug Gilmour Toronto $1,254,857 $2,121,064 $479,857 62%