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Mark Messier won $6 million in arbitration from the Vancouver Canucks

Aug 3, 2012, 10:28 AM EDT

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Mark Messier’s tenure in Vancouver isn’t what we’d call “memorable” by any means, but it just got a bit more acrimonious.

The former Canucks captain won $6 million in arbitration against the team in a long-standing grievance he’s had with the team over monies owed. According to Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun, the dispute stems back to the five-year, $30 million deal Messier signed with the team in 1997 and how deferred money was paid out.

Messier lasted just three seasons with the Canucks before being bought out for $2 million and winding up back with the New York Rangers. During his time in Vancouver the Canucks missed the playoffs each year. With that sort of legacy, you can understand why this battle over owed money is a bit awkward, but now the Canucks will be paying Messier one last time for three bad seasons.

  1. freneticgarfieldfan - Aug 3, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    just another evidence that the Cannucks management is highly questionable at best.

    • badguy711 - Aug 3, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      Yes freneticgarfieldfan, the fact that in 1997, a different owner gave Mike Keenan control of the team, who then signed Mark Messier to a stupid contract, absolutely reflects poorly on the current ownership and management 15 years later. Valid point for sure.

      • freneticgarfieldfan - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:41 PM

        nobody said the CURRENT management. But now you mentioned it: the arrogance absolutely carried over.

  2. swizzler16 - Aug 3, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    yet another reason that lays-potato-chip eating bastard is the most hated Canuck of all time

  3. loinstache - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Still think he joined the Canucks out of spite

  4. cleverbob - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Will this money count against their cap?

    • loinstache - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      Nope

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:54 PM

        They didn’t have a cap back in 1997

    • velocirapist - Aug 3, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      It would be so amazing if it did though.

  5. velocirapist - Aug 3, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    The local sports radio station devoted almost a full day one afternoon last year to discussing the darkest day in franchise history. The Messier signing eeked out a win over Bertuzzi destroying multiple careers in one evening.

    Screw everything about the Canucks in the late 90s. Those were dark, dark days. Sometimes I wonder what would’ve happened had Naslund not exploded, the Sedins not been drafted, and the team had not been sold to a competent and interested owner.

    I can’t believe that 3 years after the ’94 final ownership let Keenan and Messier run this team into the ground.

    • 19inarow - Aug 3, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      What does your screen name mean?

      • velocirapist - Aug 3, 2012 at 4:29 PM

        Like a velociraptor but worse

    • pissweed - Aug 6, 2012 at 3:27 AM

      As much as I hate the stinking-ass redwings it’s so good to see my boy Bertuzzi playing again. What a line him Naslund and Morrison used to be!

  6. davebabychreturns - Aug 3, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Probably not the judgement the Canucks wanted to see but they aren’t exactly hurting for money like they were in the Messier days (or the period after then, despite his alleged positive impact on the value of the franchise).

    It’s nice to close the book on this one, now if we could just get that Steve Moore lawsuit over and done with…

  7. cowboyscanada - Aug 3, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Canucks and Messier deserve each other,,,both classless.

    • davebabychreturns - Aug 3, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      Ahh “classless.” Is there a more overused term anywhere on the internet?

  8. vanfoodman - Aug 4, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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