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Naslund denies report he refused to testify for Moore in Bertuzzi case

Jan 14, 2013, 4:12 PM EDT

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Formers Canucks captain Markus Naslund is refuting a report that said he had refused to testify on behalf of former Avalanche player Steve Moore in a $60 million civil case against Todd Bertuzzi.

From The Vancouver Province:

Moore was seriously injured after an on-ice attack by Bertuzzi in a home game against the Colorado Avalanche in March 2004. Moore’s hockey career was ended and he reportedly suffered a concussion, three broken vertebrae and deep facial cuts.

On Monday, a story in the Toronto Star, citing sources, said that Naslund and current Canucks Henrik and Daniel Sedin, among others, had refused to testify for Moore in the case, which is slated to go to court in April.

In a text message, Naslund, now the GM of Modo in the Swedish Elite League, said: “??? I’ve never been approached to testify …”

As the Star notes, “Naslund and the Sedins could provide details about what was said in the Canucks locker room before Bertuzzi’s attack.”

Moore’s legal team has claimed that the attack was orchestrated by former Vancouver coach Marc Crawford and former GM Brian Burke in retaliation for Moore hitting Naslund in the head in a previous game.

  1. thecheeman - Jan 14, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Henrik and Daniel must have spoken stellar English back then. Would have been great witnesses for the plaintiff.

  2. jason9696 - Jan 14, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    This is still going on and it happened almost 9 years ago?

    The only people getting rich will be the scum sucking lawyers.

    • michiganhockey11 - Jan 14, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      True, although I wouldn’t put anything passed Crawford…

    • danphipps01 - Jan 14, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      It’s sad. Moore’s in his thirties, healthy, has a decent amount of money – he could easily go live a happy, healthy life. Instead, he spends all his time to trying to make Bertuzzi’s worse. It’s pretty pathetic.

      • danphipps01 - Jan 14, 2013 at 5:03 PM

        To be clear, I’m not defending the hit. At all. It was a bad moment in Canucks’ history. But Moore’s had NEARLY TEN YEARS. He could have rebuilt his life half a dozen times in the time he’s had. It’s time to get over it, Steve.

      • smithkey - Jan 14, 2013 at 6:05 PM

        The guy had his career ended. I am sure he grew up dreaming of becoming a professional hockey player and worked very hard to get where he was. That was all taken from him in a blink of a second. No longer can he make play hockey, no longer does he make millions, no longer can he follow his dreams. I am sure it was all he knew and you say to him just get over it?

        I do think that he should forgive and for all he we know he does. However, he has every right to get compensated for what was taken from him in the only way he can. Money. His life as he knew it was forever changed by a classless action of someone else. Do you have any idea what that must be like?

    • badintent - Jan 15, 2013 at 12:51 AM

      Yes and that would be Mooore family,. family of lawyers ! That’s why this crap has dragged on for 9 years, they keep losing and appealing to next court level.Moore was a no talent parasite that almost destoryed Naslund;s career with a total cheap shot. Screw that maggot. Marc Crawford went on record right after Moore put Naslund in the ER + IC that punks like Moore had no business being in the NHL in the first place.Moore, go find Osuma’s cave , crawl in .Enjoy his goat.Karma

  3. mp1131211 - Jan 14, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Sounds like Moore’s lawyers have been busy crafting a story. What Bertuzzi did was wrong, but I just don’t like seeing on ice issues taken to court. I know this was exceptional, but clearly no one thought Moore would go end up like this. If there was some kind of plan it was probably to sucker punch him, not attempt to break his neck! But I doubt this as Bertuzzi dropped his lawsuit against Crawford. This ruined Moore’s career and changed his life forever, but he signed up for a game where fighting on top of a sheet of ice is part of the daily grind.

    I also think the internal NHL handling of this was done well.

    • mp1131211 - Jan 14, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      Actually, now that I think of it, this incident being pre-meditated is an essential part of Moore’s case. The fact that Bertuzzi was accused of insubordination by Crawford and then Bertuzzi dropping his lawsuit against Crawford is starting to look like Moore has no case. A conspiracy against Moore has to be shown by his lawyers to show that Bertuzzi et al planned this. Otherwise, its dead on arrival in court.

  4. bruinpred - Jan 14, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    It isn’t Moore’s fault that this has gone on so long. Lawyers. Bertuzzi ruined a career. As a Preds season ticket holder, I sell my Wings game tix so I don’t have to watch that thug. He should not be it he league. The coward learned from the best – Brad May. Pri*k.

  5. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 14, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    There is no place in hockey for what Bertuzzi did. Unacceptable, and for that he should be punished if the law permits it. This was not mano-a-mano. hockey has changed in the last 40 years and players can no longer be vigilantes.

  6. orangeandblack67 - Jan 14, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Yes fighting is a part of hockey and so are settling scores but hitting a player from behind is or never has been part of the game.

  7. orangeandblack67 - Jan 14, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Valois- Your user name looks pretty familiar…

  8. bjbeliever - Jan 14, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    pretty hard to fall on a guy from behind if he faces up to you. Having to answer the bell for taking a cheap shot at the captain is an accepted part of the game. Bertuzzi was doing his job, it’s just really unfortunate it resulted in a terrible injury.

    • jason9696 - Jan 14, 2013 at 7:40 PM

      Bertuzzi was just doing his job? Are you crazy? Steve Moore had already fought Matt Cooke earlier on in the game That should have been the end of it.

      I’m just surprised Moore wasn’t killed when Bertuzzi jumped him.

      • datsyukdominates - Jan 14, 2013 at 8:03 PM

        Matt Cooke isn’t an enforcer he’s a cheap shot artist (much like Moore himself) and an agitator at best. Moore needed to fight someone like Bertuzzi or May to atone for what he did. He refused to engage anyone else, thus he was jumped from behind. It’s terrible that his career ended, but his hit on Naslund could have easily cost Markus his career as well.

      • bjbeliever - Jan 14, 2013 at 10:31 PM

        I think saying he jumped him is a bit harsh, Bertuzzi gave him multiple opportunities to engage in standard fashion and when denied threw one shot. The guy went down like a ton of bricks and 4 people landed on top of him…the action was to be expected and has happened before, the result is an oddity. In my opinion blaming Bertuzzi is mis-framing the issue. In the past practice of the game the action taken was encouraged, coached and rewarded with employment contracts…I would find it more appropriate for him to be suing the NHL or Canucks if he feels he has a complaint.

      • jason9696 - Jan 15, 2013 at 4:29 AM

        If you were Steve Moore would you want to have fought Todd Bertuzzi? I don’t think Moore was even 200 lbs where as Bertuzzi was around 240 if not more. Maybe he should have fought Brad May who wasn’t quite as big. Either way there’s no doubt in my mind that Marc Crawford told Bertuzzi to do something to him.

  9. orangeandblack67 - Jan 14, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    So how does this come back on Moore?? Granted, the hit on Naslund was not clean either but there were many other ways the Canucks could have settled it. For example Bertuzzi could have at the least taken a few extra strides and gotten in front of him.

  10. badguy711 - Jan 14, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    My issue with Moore is 60 Million is a ridiculous amount to sue for. Steve Moore would have made TOPS 10-15 Million in a best case scenario, and that is being generous. By asking for 4x his best case scenario, he looks greedy and loses all sympathy.

  11. woodstakes - Jan 15, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    I wonder if all these Canuck fans here would say the same thing if one of the Sedins had this happen to them and then they went and sued for $60M or $100M… Its unbelievable to me that anyone can sit here and call out a guy who got his neck broken from a cheap shot from behind! Yes, fights happen… this WASN’T a fight it was a punch to the back of his neck. If Bertuzzi was on the Wings and he did this to Moore would all of you guys be saying all this same crap… I highly doubt it!

    • woodstakes - Jan 15, 2013 at 1:01 AM

      Before anyone says it.. I’m NOT saying that Moore was a comparable player to Sedins… my point is if it happened to someone on your team and I picked 2 of the more popular players as the example.

  12. hawkeyplayer - Jan 15, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    he should be in jail for that.

    dirty.

    illegal.

    criminal.

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