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01-07-2014, 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by pld459666 View Post
Messier had a clause built into his contract that allowed him to re-negotiate his deal should the Rangers win a cup. They did and he wanted a better deal.

He could have negotiated that while still playing, but he threatened to hold out after the cup. He got his 3 year 18 million dollar deal after the 93-94 cup season. The only saving grace for the Rangers back then was that the 94-95 season started late due to a lockout.

He became a UFA during the summer of 97 and bolted.

There was no one year extension.

Not true, well at least the extension part.

The Rangers picked up his option in December of 1995, which is why he played 1996-97 under contract. Messier held out of the first training camp in 1995 and it was Neil Smith who threatened to stop all contract negotiations unless Messier reported.

The 1995-96 season began with the Rangers holding an option for 1997. They didnt pick up the option until mid-season in 1995-96.

Afterward, the Rangers announced what had been long expected: They will extend Messier's contract for another season, paying the captain $6 million for 1996-97, the season after this one.

Neil Smith, the team's president and general manager, made the announcement. Early last month, Smith said chances were 99-1 that he would pick up the option. If he didn't, Messier was guaranteed a $1 million buyout and could have become a totally free agent next summer, with no ties to the Rangers and no compensation due them. With 35 points on 16 goals and 19 assists, Messier is among team leaders in scoring.

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