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Mario Lemieux - Mark Messier - Pavel Bure

The Detroit Red Wings win the Stanley Cup in a season where Mario Lemieux got the most point but couldn't lead the Penguins past the 1st round of the playoffs. Anaheim's Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya finish second and third in points, after Lemieux, but are not in the Top 25 best paid NHLers that season.

Rank Player Team NHL Salary ($US) In today's  $  +/- ($) +/- (%)
1 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh $11,321,000 $18,074,637 $6,749,600 148%
2 Mark Messier New York Rangers $6,000,000 $9,579,350    
3 Pavel Bure Vancouver $5,000,000 $7,982,792 $500,000 11%
4 Pat Lafontaine Buffalo $4,600,000 $7,344,168 $300,000 7%
5 Patrick Roy Colorado $4,567,000 $7,291,482 $1,637,003 56%
6 Brett Hull St.Louis $4,400,000 $7,024,857 $600,000 16%
7 Sergei Fedorov Detroit $4,300,000 $6,865,201 $138,000 3%
8 Eric Lindros Philadelphia $4,247,000 $6,780,583 $65,000 2%
9 Jaromir Jagr Pittsburgh $4,200,000 $6,705,545 $950,000 29%
9 Dominik Hasek Buffalo $4,200,000 $6,705,545 $1,474,700 54%
11 Steve Yzerman Detroit $4,025,000 $6,426,147 $321,200 9%
12 Brendan Shanahan Hartford / Detroit $3,975,000 $6,346,319 $500,000 14%
13 Wayne Gretzky New York Rangers $3,963,000 $6,327,161 -$2,582,400 -39%
14 Scott Stevens New Jersey $3,750,000 $5,987,094 $550,000 17%
15 Mike Richter New York Rangers $3,600,000 $5,747,610 $600,000 20%
16 Alexander Mogilny Vancouver $3,575,000 $5,707,696 -$175,000 -5%
17 Al Macinnis St.Louis $3,500,000 $5,587,954 $300,000 9%
18 Joe Sakic Colorado $3,100,000 $4,949,331 $985,900 47%
19 Brian Leetch New York Rangers $3,088,000 $4,930,172 $475,500 18%
20 Rob Blake Los Angeles $3,075,000 $4,909,417 $750,000 32%
21 Pierre Turgeon Montreal / St.Louis $3,000,000 $4,789,675 -$400,000 -12%
21 Pat Verbeek Dallas $3,000,000 $4,789,675 $1,250,000 71%
23 Kevin Stevens Los Angeles $2,998,000 $4,786,482 $60,400 2%
24 Mike Modano Dallas $2,922,000 $4,665,143 $100 0%
25 Luc Robitaille New York Rangers $2,900,000 $4,630,019 $366,700 14%