Tuesday, August 19, 2008

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.
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11 Comments:

At 10:13 AM, August 19, 2008, Blogger Hallock said...

I would be reluctant to believe that Crawford had breaking someone's spine when he said, "Pay the price." Further, I'd be fairly reluctant to add a player to my team who would interpret a statement as such.

Crawford should take responsibility for the action of his former player, but should not receive blame for the choice he made on ice.

 
At 10:28 AM, August 19, 2008, Blogger FAUX RUMORS said...

1) We doubt it was Bertuzzi's "intent" to break someone's spine, but it was the "Result"
2)That brings up an interesting question: Does/should the league punish the Intent or the Result? We have seen far worse violent incidents over the years with malevolent Intent that didn't Result in permanent/debilitating injury. Those players received far less punishment than Bertuzzi. IF Moore had 'simply' broken his nose instead of his back think we'd be talking about this 4 years later?

 
At 10:40 AM, August 19, 2008, Blogger Dennis Prouse said...

Ultimately, it is the result that is punished, because it is impossible to judge intent. Let's look at something that happens routinely in any city -- a bar fight. If there is a fight, and a guy just ends up with a black eye or a split lip, no big deal. If, however, you haul off and punch a guy, and he happens to hit his head on the pavement the wrong way and die of a brain injury, you are in a world of trouble. Same act, different result.

Ultimately, this case will end of getting settled on the court house steps. It is just too big a risk for both sides to have this see the inside of a courtroom. Bertuzzi and the NHL risk a huge PR headache, and Moore risks looking like a malingerer angling for a big payday. You have to believe that the lawyers will ultimately cut a deal just before the trial starts.

 
At 11:15 AM, August 19, 2008, Anonymous Anshu said...

Moore risks looking like a malingerer angling for a big payday

I don't see that stopping him, as he really has nothing to lose (no public reputation, no future career prospects, nothing).

The only side that has something to lose is Bertuzzi and the NHL. If anyone blinks, it'll be them.

 
At 12:39 PM, August 19, 2008, Blogger Dennis Prouse said...

The one thing Moore does stand to lose is money. No doubt the defence will make a significant offer to settle just before the trial begins. If Moore rejects it, he risks having to accept much less if the trial doesn't go his way. Any lawyer will tell you that court can be unpredictable, and that both sides would be rolling the dice by opting for a trial.

Typically, in a civil case like this, the judge will be annoyed that a settlement wasn't reached before it got to court. Therefore, it is in the interests of both sides to at least look as if they made a good faith effort to settle.

 
At 12:47 PM, August 19, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

You're right Dennis — and it makes you wonder where the common ground is here. I can't see Moore settling for anything less than a multimillion-dollar settlement and Bertuzzi's going to be reluctant to pay that.

 
At 1:36 PM, August 19, 2008, Blogger itchit said...

Which was Hockey Canada's bigger blunder?
a) Leaving Gretzky off the shoot out list in Nagano '98
or
b) Taking the broken shell of Bertuzzi to Torino '06

 
At 2:38 PM, August 19, 2008, Anonymous PPP said...

Which was Hockey Canada's bigger blunder?
a) Leaving Gretzky off the shoot out list in Nagano '98
or
b) Taking the broken shell of Bertuzzi to Torino '06


If it's focused on Hockey Canada then a) should be: Giving the perpetually overrated Marc Crawford the Head Coaching position in Nagano.

It's really a toss-up though b) was much worse at the time. a) is terrible more in hindsight.

 
At 8:25 PM, August 19, 2008, Blogger Lowetide said...

Crawford is a true jamtart. Man up Marc.

 
At 12:29 PM, August 20, 2008, Anonymous Keith said...

Let me tell you how happy I am to now be seeing this circus up close in Calgary... ugh.

Crawford is a douchebag. Certainly he didn't anticipate Bertuzzi being that amazingly stupid, but his very clear smirk while Moore lay in a pool of blood says everything that needs to be said about the veracity of Crawfords latest statements.

Dude is lying through his teeth to save his own skin. Bertuzzi should be in jail for his actions, but Crawford played an active hand in the events that led to this incident. Moore has every right to take his pound of flesh from Crawford.

 
At 6:15 AM, August 22, 2008, Blogger Old said...

At 12:47 PM, August 19, 2008, James Mirtle said...
You're right Dennis — and it makes you wonder where the common ground is here. I can't see Moore settling for anything less than a multimillion-dollar settlement and Bertuzzi's going to be reluctant to pay that.

If I was Moore I would ask for about twenty million and settle for ten to twelve. If Moore turned out to be a good player, and a guy who played say eight years, and managed his money wisely, he could probably have earned eight million and the rest would be for the pain and suffering. And I think all involved would be idiots not to pay to make it all go away. Of course, maybe Moore doesn't care about the money but the principle.

 

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