The Bertuzzi case in the news
It's been a while since we've had an update on the Steve Moore v. Todd Bertuzzi case, but Eric Duhatschek has an update today that relates to former Canucks coach Marc Crawford and his role in the attack:
In a third-party statement of defence filed with the Ontario Superior Court last month, Crawford denied he urged Bertuzzi or any of his other players to make Moore "pay the price" for a hit he had put on Canucks captain Markus Naslund in a previous game between the two NHL teams.
Bertuzzi has claimed his actions were inspired by Crawford's comment that Moore "pay the price" for the hit on Naslund, and that his former coach "should have known that this was likely to result in an injury."Not a ton of new information — although it'll be interesting to see how the justice system sorts this one out. What exactly was Crawford's role? And what level of blame can he receive? Who will testify to what was actually said in the dressing room?
What we haven't seen in ages is an expected timeline for when exactly the Moore-Bertuzzi case might be going to trial, but I don't think it's unreasonable to expect some movement in that direction by this spring. It's quite possible that, if it goes to trial, it will begin this season.
Talk about a distraction for Bertuzzi's new club in Calgary.