Originally posted on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 8/3/12

MONTREAL- JANUARY 23: Mark Messier at The Hockey News / NHL All-Star party at Gare Dalhousie on January 23, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec as part of the 2009 NHL All-Star Weekend festivities. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images for NHL)
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."

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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

#NYR Rick Nash runs a full page farewell in the Columbus Dispatch po.st/60Wp28

— 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.

Rick Nash

  • Can you say class act? Rick Nash is quickly going to become a fan favorite on Broadway. 

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