Wednesday, September 20, 2006

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.
This looks ugly, and one can't help but wonder if the decision to deal Bertuzzi this summer had anything to do with how contentious this case will get.

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.



At 10:30 a.m., September 20, 2006, Blogger fauxrumors said...

It seems a bit counter intuitive that this is why they traded him. You'd think by retaining him they'd have more abiity/leverage to make sure this doesn't get too contentious.

At 2:22 a.m., September 21, 2006, Anonymous Hurricane E said...

The 2 ugliest memories of my life: George Finn gooning Swayze and the Bertuzzi atrocity. Avalanche fans agree that Bertuzzi should be banned from North American hockey and he and the Canucks should each pay $10 million to Moore.


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