Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun fills us in on former Rangers captain Mark Messier winning a case against the Vancouver Canucks for $6 million in deferred money from his brief stint with the team. Messier left New York in the summer of 1997 to sign a five-year contract with Vancouver for $6 million a season. Messier exercised a clause in his contract after the third season and was bought out for $2 million.
“Messier signed a five-year, free-agent contract with the Canucks in 1997 for $6 million a season. The dispute between Messier and the team is believed to centre on deferred money the hockey player felt was owed to him.
It has been reported that Messier had a clause in his contract that would compensate him if the value of the Canuck franchise increased over the life of his contract, which expired in 2002.”
Meanwhile, newest Ranger Rick Nash shows us his lighter side, taking out a full-page ad in The Columbus-Dispatch, thanking Blue Jacket fans for his time there.
h/t to @nyhockeytalk
— Rob Kowal (@nyhockeytalk) August 3, 2012
Here’s a picture of the ad.
The text reads:
Dear Blue Jacket Fans,
Thank you for the unwavering support you have shown me over the past nine seasons.
I am so fortunate to have had the chance to call Columbus home and to say proudly that I am from the Buckeye State.
Thanks for the memories. Thanks for everything.
- Can you say class act? Rick Nash is quickly going to become a fan favorite on Broadway.