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Messier Wins Arbitration Case Against Vancouver

from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,

Mark Messier has been awarded a $6-million settlement in the Hall of Famer’s long-standing grievance over money he claimed he was owed by the Vancouver Canucks.

George Nicolau, an 87-year-old New York-based arbitrator with a long history of handling high-profile sports arbitration cases, rendered his decision recently after meeting with both sides earlier this year….

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.

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Messier should have to pay Vancouver $6 million for being a bum.

Posted by timbits on 08/03/12 at 12:27 PM ET

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Funny how Canucks fans hate Messier but everywhere else Messier is known for his leadership and hockey skill.

Posted by Puckbubba from FL. on 08/03/12 at 12:41 PM ET

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yes, because he did so much for our franchise.  destroyed the locker room, took lindens captaincy and ran him out, was absolute trash while on the canucks. and was getting paid 6 million a year for 3 years, then was promptly bought out for 2 million. His best year he scored 60 pts in 82 games, which would translate to 100, 000 a pt. Let me get something straight, Messier was terrific while in Edmonton, and later NewYork.  BUT was clearly on the decline in a massive way once he got to the Canucks, and clearly did not give his best while he was here.  The franchise rising in value, was NOT a result of messier being on the team, but despite him.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 08/03/12 at 03:10 PM ET

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Messier should have to pay Vancouver $6 million for being a bum.

Posted by timbits on 08/03/12 at 10:27 AM ET

This.

The Vancouver stint is the poster child for why Messier’s “leadership” is so outlandishly overrated, and why the notion of him as the “ultimate captain” is a complete joke.

Ask NYR fans how his SECOND stint went, by the way… if they even remember it.

Posted by Primis on 08/03/12 at 03:44 PM ET

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This.
The Vancouver stint is the poster child for why Messier’s “leadership” is so outlandishly overrated, and why the notion of him as the “ultimate captain” is a complete joke.
Ask NYR fans how his SECOND stint went, by the way… if they even remember it.
Posted by Primis on 08/03/12 at 01:44 PM ET

Amen to that.  Yeah, he used to give some good speeches to the press in ‘90 and ‘94, but it’s ludicrous how he has become “The Greatest Captain Ever”.  He was a locker room cancer in Vancouver and never seemed to try to motivate his team in his second stint in New York.  A lot of Rangers may brush it to the side now, but I remember quite a few of them were praying for his retirement during his second stint.

Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 08/03/12 at 05:30 PM ET

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