Mark Messier, a member of the Hall Of Fame and former Canuck is going after Vancouver claiming that they still owe him salary from his contract in Vancouver. He signed this 3 year (6 million a season) contract with Vancouver in 1997 as a free agent.
To keep it simple, he did nothing in Vancouver other than hurt his image. Trevor Linden willingly gave his captaincy to Mark Messier and he accepted, this did not go well with Canuck fans. Neither did Linden’s departure shortly afterwards.
Mark Messier also demanded to wear number 11, a number that was unofficially retired due to the unexpected death of Wayne Maki in 1974. A classless move, especially since he was new to the city – not a great way to start his tenure in Vancouver. This in a way reminds me of how I expected Victor Oreskovich to change his number from 38 to something else, in order to respect Pavol Demitra who passed away in the Locomotive plane crash.Vancouver was Demitra’s last NHL team, and he wore number 38. Changing your jersey number just seems like the right thing to do out of respect for those who departed.
During Mark Messier’s tenure in Vancouver they missed the playoffs all 3 seasons. Messier only notched 158 points over those three seasons and his last two were shortened because of his injuries. The Canucks had no intentions of signing him when his contract expired.
What money does Vancouver owe him? Apparently there were a few “clauses” in his contract about how he was supposed to be bought out at an amount of 2 million if he was not resigned after the 3 seasons. Rumour has it that he is seeking a large amount of money. Doesn’t he have enough money? From a combination of his NHL salary, appearance payments and commercial appearances, he must be loaded. This issue will be settled through arbitration sometime in the future.
Be careful Mark, or you’re going to become even more hated in Vancouver then you already are. Because of your poor performance, it seems like you owe Vancouver more than they owe you. We blame you for: no playoff appearances, departure of our beloved Trevor Linden, taking our 94 Stanley Cup, getting us fat from Lays chips, and for being the opposite of a leader; we thank you Mark, for being nothing but disappointing in Vancouver. You may have won 6 Stanley Cups, but you do not have the heart of a Canuck.