@JSportsnet: As we prepare for NYR-NJ, MMessier's arb case vs Canucks continues in NY. Hearing is in front of independant arbitrator. Messier claims his 3 year contract with Van had a provision in it that gave him a bonus if team was sold for a profit. In question is profit of the transaction from John McCaw to Aquillinis. BBurke,Canucks GM at end of Messier's contract on stand yesterday
What a bizarre clause to have in a player's contract. Even if it was there, you would think it would have some sort of time limit on it. Even if the value of the franchise went up between when Messier was signed and when McCaw sold the team, I don't think it was due at all to Messier's presence.