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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. 

  vs previous season
Rank Player NHL Salary ($US) In today's  $  +/- ($) +/- (%)
1 Mario Lemieux $5,000,000 $8,952,651 $1,400,000 39%
2 Eric Lindros $3,556,000 $6,367,126 $56,000 2%
3 Wayne Gretzky $3,000,000 $5,371,591 $0 0%
4 Steve Yzerman $2,700,000 $4,834,432 $1,200,000 80%
5 Mark Messier $2,533,000 $4,535,413 $148,000 6%
6 Theoren Fleury $2,480,000 $4,440,515 $2,211,225 823%
7 Pierre Turgeon $2,350,000 $4,207,746 $1,550,000 194%
8 Raymond Bourque $2,250,000 $4,028,693 $1,053,000 88%
9 Brett Hull $2,200,000 $3,939,167 $600,000 38%
10 Mike Keenan $2,010,875 $3,600,533 $1,810,875 905%
11 Phil Housley $2,000,000 $3,581,061 $842,200 73%
11 Alexander Mogilny $2,000,000 $3,581,061 $1,250,000 167%
13 Alexandre Daigle $1,975,000 $3,536,297 $0 0%
14 Pat Lafontaine $1,821,000 $3,260,556 $46,000 3%
15 Brian Leetch $1,805,000 $3,231,907 $105,000 6%
16 Marty McSorley $1,800,000 $3,222,954 $1,150,000 177%
16 Kelly Miller $1,800,000 $3,222,954 $1,360,000 309%
18 Joe Sakic $1,705,000 $3,052,854 $878,000 106%
19 Luc Robitaille $1,600,000 $2,864,848 $200,000 14%
19 Grant Fuhr $1,600,000 $2,864,848 $276,800 21%
19 Gary Roberts $1,600,000 $2,864,848 $1,054,180 193%
19 Chris Pronger $1,600,000 $2,864,848 $0 0%
23 Mark Recchi $1,550,000 $2,775,322 $650,000 72%
24 Mike Modano $1,450,000 $2,596,269 -$500,000 -26%
24 Craig Janney $1,450,000 $2,596,269 $600,000 71%

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