from Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province, According to a report Thursday night on TSN, one-time Canucks captain Mark Messier is pursuing the NHL club over money allegedly owed him from his time in Vancouver, which ended in 2000.
Messier joined the Canucks from the New York Rangers in the summer of 1997 in a highly publicized free agent signing that, due to a host of on- and off-ice factors, marked the beginning of a downward spiral that sent the team to one of the lowest points in franchise history. The team missed the playoffs in each of his three seasons in Vancouver.
Messier was signed to a three-year, $20-million contract and departed after the term of the deal. He re-signed with the Rangers, with whom he had won the Stanley Cup in 1994, in the summer of 2000.