Finger-pointing begins in Bertuzzi case
The Vancouver Canucks and Todd Bertuzzi have turned on each other in the civil lawsuit launched by former NHL player Steve Moore.
First, the Canucks traded Bertuzzi away. Now in court documents filed in Ontario, they have distanced themselves from their former player in the $19.5-million case filed by Moore.
Bertuzzi, meanwhile, has made similar counterclaims against the Canucks.
Each side is pointing the finger at each other for whatever damages may be awarded -- and likely will be awarded -- in the civil action launched by the former Colorado player.
Among other things, Bertuzzi's alleging in his statement of defence that he never received warnings from the NHL regarding his conduct. For the Canucks' part, they deny they are in any way liable for Bertuzzi's conduct while playing for the team.
Both sides had to know these claims were coming months before they've been aired in the press, and given the content, it seems likely Vancouver desperately wanted to ship him out long before this trial got anywhere near the courtroom.