Bertuzzi and Moore Meet in Toronto
Former Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore and former Vancouver Canuck winger Todd Bertuzzi met in Toronto on Monday to try and resolve the over four year old incident that ended Moore's very short career. Moore and his lawyers are seeking $38 million for loss of income and has named Bertuzzi, The Canucks, and Orca Bay defendants in the case.
Bertuzzi, 33, also issued a third-party claim contending that Crawford should pay any damages awarded to Moore, who suffered three broken vertebrae in his neck and a concussion during the attack.
The third-party claim argues Crawford should be named in the suit for allegedly urging his players, including Bertuzzi, to make Moore "pay the price" when Crawford "knew or ought to have known that this was likely to result in injury to Moore."
Crawford claims Bertuzzi acted in "direct disobedience" to instructions from the Canucks bench when he attacked Moore, breaking his neck and ending his career, according to court documents filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.
Crawford also says the Vancouver coaching staff was trying to get Bertuzzi off the ice before the incident. Bertuzzi was charged with assault in June 2004 after a four-month investigation. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation and community service.
Bertuzzi was suspended indefinitely from his attack on Moore because of the severity of the hit but was reinstated 17 months later on Aug. 8, 2005. Over the past three seasons Bertuzzi has played for numerous teams including Florida, Detroit, Anaheim and Calgary where he is presently playing. Hopefully this will be resolved quickly and out of court because the last thing the NHL wants is a multi-million dollar lawsuit hanging overhead. This will also be a good opportunity for Moore and Bertuzzi to work out their differences face to face.