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Wayne Gretzky - Mario Lemieux - Brett Hull

Wayne Gretzky is still the best-paid NHLer but his LA Kings are eliminated in the first round of the playoffs while Mario Lemieux is the league's point leader and wins a second Stanley Cup in a row. Brett Hull is again the NHL goal leader with 70. There are now 16 NHLers making more than $1M per season.

  vs previous season
Rank Player NHL Salary ($US) In today's  $  +/- ($) +/- (%)
1 Wayne Gretzky $3,000,000 $5,954,182    
2 Mario Lemieux $2,338,000 $4,640,292 -$162,000 -6%
3 Brett Hull $1,500,000 $2,977,091 -$266,000 -15%
4 Steve Yzerman $1,400,000 $2,778,618 $100,000 8%
4 Pat LaFontaine $1,400,000 $2,778,618 $1,000,000 250%
6 Kevin Stevens $1,375,000 $2,729,000 $1,225,000 817%
7 John Cullen $1,200,000 $2,381,673 $1,070,000 823%
8 Raymond Bourque $1,196,000 $2,373,734 $96,000 9%
9 Scott Stevens $1,155,000 $2,292,360 $380,000 49%
10 Chris Chelios $1,100,000 $2,183,200    
10 Luc Robitaille $1,100,000 $2,183,200 $780,000 244%
12 Denis Savard $1,091,250 $2,165,834 $619,900 132%
13 Mark Messier $1,084,000 $2,151,444 $259,566 31%
14 Patrick Roy $1,047,600 $2,079,200 $379,140 57%
15 Paul Coffey $1,000,000 $1,984,727 $100,000 11%
15 Doug Wilson $1,000,000 $1,984,727 $450,000 82%
17 Ed Belfour $925,000 $1,835,873 $805,000 671%
18 Esa Tikkanen $873,000 $1,732,667 $530,200 155%
19 Rick Tocchet $815,000 $1,617,553 $65,000 9%
20 Guy Carbonneau $807,525 $1,602,717 $516,145 177%
21 Cam Neely $800,000 $1,587,782 $50,000 7%
21 Jari Kurri $800,000 $1,587,782 $300,000 60%
21 Charlie Huddy $800,000 $1,587,782 $628,600 367%
21 Mark Recchi $800,000 $1,587,782 $695,000 662%
25 Al MacInnis $785,700 $1,559,400 $100,100 15%

Photo credit: Upper Deck and Parkhurst.