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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. The Colorado Avalanche, freshly moved from Québec and with Patrick Roy as goalie, won the Stanley Cup. Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr led the NHL, first and second respectively, in goals and points.

Rank Player Team NHL Salary ($US) In today's  $  +/- ($) +/- (%)
1 Wayne Gretzky Los Angeles / St.Louis $6,545,400 $10,758,679 $2,808,241 75%
2 Mark Messier New York Rangers $6,000,000 $9,862,205 $2,403,941 67%
2 Keith Tkachuk Winnipeg $6,000,000 $9,862,205 $4,857,143 425%
4 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh $4,571,400 $7,514,014 $2,244,869 96%
5 Pavel Bure Vancouver $4,500,000 $7,396,654 $1,928,571 75%
6 Pat Lafontaine Buffalo $4,300,000 $7,067,913 $2,263,546 111%
7 Eric Lindros Philadelphia $4,182,000 $6,873,957 $2,102,000 101%
8 Sergei Fedorov Detroit $4,162,000 $6,841,083 $2,450,634 143%
9 Brett Hull St.Louis $3,800,000 $6,246,063 $1,914,286 102%
10 Alexander Mogilny Vancouver $3,750,000 $6,163,878 $2,321,429 163%
11 Steve Yzerman Detroit $3,703,800 $6,087,939 $1,880,674 103%
12 Paul Coffey Detroit $3,600,000 $5,917,323 $2,771,429 334%
13 Brendan Shanahan Hartford $3,475,000 $5,711,860 $1,475,000 74%
14 Pierre Turgeon Montreal $3,400,000 $5,588,583 $2,114,286 164%
15 Jaromir Jagr Pittsburgh $3,250,000 $5,342,028 $1,650,000 103%
16 Scott Stevens New Jersey $3,200,000 $5,259,843 -$114,286 -3%
16 Al Macinnis St.Louis $3,200,000 $5,259,843 $1,200,000 60%
18 Mike Richter New York Rangers $3,000,000 $4,931,102 $1,571,429 110%
19 Kevin Stevens Boston / Los Angeles $2,937,600 $4,828,535 $2,213,029 305%
20 Patrick Roy Montreal / Colorado $2,929,997 $4,816,038 $1,472,156 101%
21 Mike Modano Dallas $2,921,900 $4,802,729 $1,386,186 90%
22 Teemu Selanne Anaheim $2,750,000 $4,520,177 $1,913,429 229%
22 Ed Belfour Chicago $2,750,000 $4,520,177 $1,921,429 232%
24 Dominik Hasek Buffalo $2,725,300 $4,479,578 $1,496,729 122%
25 Chris Chelios Chicago $2,725,000 $4,479,085 $1,210,714 80%