No one's forgetting about Bertuzzi
Denver Post columnist Terri Frei's piece today is similarly themed to a lot of what he's written on the Todd Bertuzzi-Steve Moore incident. In short, he remains pretty upset with everyone involved — including how Moore's own team has moved on.
It's time to move on? OK, fair enough.
But to what? The "moving on" seems to have more to do with amnesia and rationalization than forgiveness and a feeling that Bertuzzi had been penalized enough.
I know Frei's writing for a Colorado audience and that his piece is probably going to play pretty well there. That said, I've stated my case for moving on previously, and in no way did I say the league or those involved had dismissed it.
[W]hat [Bertuzzi] did to Steve Moore will alone damn Bertuzzi for the rest of his days. Think about that. In 2055, should an article be penned about a then 80-year-old Bertuzzi, it'll centre upon 'the incident.' It will, in fact, define the rest of his life.Last week when the Avalanche came to Vancouver, Bertuzzi's linemate Brendan Morrison, who emerged throughout the circus as one of the more eloquent Canucks, said the incident may be gone — but certainly not forgotten.
"Everyone knows it's there," said Brendan Morrison, Bertuzzi's teammate in Vancouver.I don't have a definitive opinion, but this I do know: When Bertuzzi skates onto the ice tonight in Colorado, he's going to be booed and heckled mercilessly.
"You'd be naïve to say it wasn't. For us? I'm not going to say it's a dead issue. I don't think it will ever be a dead issue. It always will be something that will be brought up somewhere along the line, but as far as us talking about it or dwelling on it? No, we're past that. ... It's done. It's over with. We're trying to move forward.
Strangest case of amnesia I've heard of.