Thursday, July 13, 2006

'I'm proud of who I am'

A nice piece on Todd Bertuzzi from yesterday, from the Miami Herald, Bertuzzi's new hometown paper, of all places.
Has the incident changed the way Bertuzzi plays the game? He strokes his finely trimmed beard. This one he wants to answer. He has not stopped being a 6-3, 245-pound brute of a right wing whose style is a lot about intimidation and physicality. He stops, period, when that happens.

"To be the best,'' he says, "you have to be on this line at all times. People who don't play can't understand."
The civil suit is still pending here, and I for one am hoping it's not something that financially ruins Bertuzzi. The last thing hockey needs is a precedent where the courts become heavily involved. (And I don't mean there can't be an award here; I'd just like to see it fall well short of the $20-million Steve Moore is seeking).



At 12:56 p.m., July 13, 2006, Anonymous Daniel said...

I was shocked at the hit by Bertuzzi, what the league did was fair. The hit was bad and he intended to pay Moore back, but I doubt he meant to do what he did to him. I always wanted Bertuzzi to get traded to Anaheim, because he is a good power forward.

He should be allowed to move on. The $20 million is a big price, how good was Steve Moore? He should be compensated for injuries, bills and money lost by not playing in the NHL. Was he going to be a 12-15 year vet or a 1-3 year up and down transfer?

At 8:52 p.m., July 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish him the best in Florida. Whatever anyone thinks about his length and severity of punishment, it wasn't Bertuzzi's call to make. If someone thinks it should have been more severe, then they should yell at the league. All Bertuzzi could do was accept it and stay out of trouble afterwards--which he did.

I think everyone hopes that the death threats against his family stop. People who do that probably have the same disordered priorities as anyone who's first thought after Ben Rothlesberger's injury was how the division standings would be impacted if he really was brain damaged.

At 9:52 p.m., July 13, 2006, Blogger sager said...

I was of the opinion that Bertuzzi should have been gone for much, much longer — maybe even made an example of and banned for life.

It's worth noting that there is a precedent for this — isn't there a former player (Henry Boucha?) still collecting on a $3 million plus settlement. I'm at work or I would look this up.

At 11:23 p.m., July 13, 2006, Anonymous Cam said...

Are we still talking about this?

At 1:33 p.m., July 14, 2006, Blogger Ritch said...

Good article.

One thing I'm curious about re: Moore's loss of salary- what does the Player's union offer in terms of pensions for players who are no longer able to play due to injury?

Hockey is a dangerous game, and while Moore's is an extreme example, every player that is out there is at risk for career ending or life threatening injuries.

Does the union do anything for these guys?

At 2:34 p.m., July 14, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Ritch: Everyone in the NHL is on an insurance plan that has provisions for career-ending injuries. When I'd interviewed Dan Blackburn, for instance, and he was looking at ending his career, he'd had about 20-30 games he was able to play before he decided his injury was career-ending or not. (Turns out it was).

The payout, however, isn't that great considering how much these guys can make over their career. Reports had said Blackburn only received just more than $6-million — this for a top prospect who could have been a starting goaltender for the next 15 years.

My guess is Moore hasn't decided his injury is career-ending at this point, and I'm unsure what sort of compensation he's received to this point.

At 7:23 p.m., July 15, 2006, Blogger macndub said...

Bertuzzi's whacking of Moore had nothing to do with hockey as it should be played. I have no idea how much of Moore's earning capacity Bertuzzi robbed, but he owes it. Bertuzzi owes every single penny of it, even if it's $20 million.

It's hard to tell whether a longer suspension was mandated; I suppose there's no point ruining two careers for this, and if Bertuzzi were suspended for an additional year, Moore would have been hurt, too, since his settlement would likely be informed by Bertuzzi's earning capacity. Like John Daly, Todd Bertuzzi will need to play to make money to correct his mistakes. This sounds like justice to me.

At 3:33 a.m., July 17, 2006, Blogger Achtungbaby said...

Like Jerry Seinfeld said about cops. "You don't know what it's like out there. No we don't. But had we chosen that, we would have assumed it involved some degree of risk"

This issue should be as dead as Dudley George.

At 3:38 a.m., July 17, 2006, Blogger Achtungbaby said...

Do we have to watch the tape again and see Moore step on a hockey stick? Unfortunate? Yes. Did Todd intend that? Probably not.

At 5:20 p.m., July 17, 2006, Anonymous Kel said...

I have no idea how much of Moore's earning capacity Bertuzzi robbed, but he owes it. Bertuzzi owes every single penny of it, even if it's $20 million.

Sorry, but anyone who follows the NHL should have some idea that Moore's earning capacity in the NHL, before the Bertuzzi incident, was nowhere near $20 million, especially given the salary cap system where only stars get multi-million salary a year and the rest less than one million.


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