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Report: Bertuzzi-Moore case settled out of court (Update: Bertuzzi’s lawyer confirms)

Aug 19, 2014, 10:35 AM EDT

Bertuzzi Moore

Sounds as though one of the NHL’s longest-running sagas has come to an end.

The Steve Moore-Todd Bertuzzi civil suit, which began eight years ago, has been settled out of court, according to reports from Sportsnet and ESPN. The move comes roughly one month prior to the start of civil trial, which was expected to begin sometime in September and set to feature a number of high-ranking NHL officials — commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly were prepared to testify, and former Canucks owner John McCaw had been ordered to take the stand.

UPDATE: Bertuzzi’s lawyer confirmed that a settlement has been reached, per the Canadian Press.

It was also possible that a slew of NHL players, coaches and front-office executives could’ve been called to testify.

At the moment, it’s unclear what financial settlement Bertuzzi and Moore agreed upon. Back in early July, reports broke that the former Colorado Avalanche forward was seeking $68 million in damages — up from $38 million — stemming from a 2004 on-ice attack in which Bertuzzi jumped Moore from behind and slammed him to the ice.

Moore suffered a concussion and three fractured vertebrae in the wake of the attack, and hasn’t played hockey since.

More, from CBC:

 “Steve Moore is unable to obtain employment commensurate to anywhere near his high intellect and Harvard degree,” Danson told the court, referring to reports by career experts he has filed.

But the lawyer for Orca Bay, the former owner of the Vancouver Canucks, argued otherwise.

Alan D’Silva referred to applications Moore made to the Harvard and Stanford MBA programs in 2010 in which Moore writes about receiving $104,000 for work.

Moore wrote the Graduate Management Admissions Test as part of his applications and scored in the 88th percentile.

Danson countered that this was a family business deal and Moore’s role was minimal.

“It’s not income from employment in the normal way,” said Danson.

Regarding the dollar figures, it’s worth noting that in February of 2012, Bertuzzi signed a two-year, $4.15 million contract extension with the Detroit Red Wings — a deal that bumped his career earnings to $47 million (per CapGeek). That contract expired on July 1, however, and Bertuzzi is now currently an unsigned UFA.

  1. patthehockeyfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Wow! What a surprise! Wasn’t expecting this.

    • nhstateline - Aug 19, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      last time I had jury duty, the judge came into the jury room and thanked us for being there. He said that our mere presence as possible deciders was the thing that pushed so many settlements to happen. Seems like it happened again here.

      • esracerx46 - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        You wonder if this would have been brought before a jury earlier if the same settlement would have been reached. And then if their was a hard deadline on when civil suits like this can be brought to a jury if we could expedite the process. I’m sure lawyers hate that idea though.

      • kaptaanamerica - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:03 PM

        Moore was a fringe player, unlikely he would have even played another two years considering he is a rat. His own coach kept putting him out on the ice to settle the matter in the way of the traditional fight. But being a rat he turned down a fight with guys like Trevor linden but fight that pint sized fool Matt Cooke. That’s why Bert lost his cool, then his own teammates showed their dislike by dog piling him… The team and management didn’t authorise Bert to do this. You v can hear Crawford calling that idiot back to the bench so this is all on Bert not the Canucks. He only dragged the team into court to save his ignorant arse.

    • urallstupid - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      family business deal that paid him 104k? what.

  2. pigpen1013 - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Finally! Hopefully everyone involved can now move on with their lives and the rest of us can forget that this lawsuit ever happened.

  3. areaman714 - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    I don’t think this is too surprising. This is an incident that the NHL wanted to keep in the background as much as possible. The league is as popular as it ever was and having a trial such as this being dragged around by the media for a month would turn off a lot of casual fans.

    I am guessing the league’s insurance company kicked in around 25 million to make this go away. Playing that video over and over and over again for a jury would be pretty damning.

    • patthehockeyfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:56 AM

      I think your analysis is correct. Finally settled. It’s just taken 10 years to get there.

      It’s interesting to wonder about the outcome had it gone to trial.

    • esracerx46 - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      I agree with you, except on where the money came from. I doubt an insurance company would willingly pay money for a civil suit not brought onto them just to make the matter go away. I could see the league chipping in but that’s about it

  4. badguy711 - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    I am glad this is finally over. The toll it has taken on both men has been huge, and I hope they both get closure from it.

    • skr213 - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      I don’t give a $h!t if Bertuzzi gets “closure” or if it’s taken a “toll” on him. Seriously, f\/ck that guy.

  5. pjblake2redwings - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Good for Big Bert

    • lowenni - Aug 19, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      Why is it good for Bertuzzi? Guy’s been an unlikable guy his whole career and took Steve Moore’s hockey career from him one of the dirtiest plays in NHL history…good for Big Bert? Good for Steve Moore.

  6. jpelle82 - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    is bertuzzi gonna play this year? he might have to take the minimum for anyone who gives him a chance at this point right? wonder how much his bottom line will be hurt by the settlement…

  7. avfanforlife - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Bertuzzi, Canucks, NHL dragged their feet for as long as they possibly could…10+ years. Nice to see the legal system in Canada can be as ridiculous sometimes as the US legal system. No way in HeII was Bettman and co., along with that many Canucks mgmt and players, going to go thru an actual trial, especially with the amount of money that is actually there to make it go away. I hope it was an equitable amount of $ for Moore. Should have ended a decade ago and it’s too bad that 1 player’s career ended that day while the clown who couldn’t control himself continues to play. Get your name on the Cup there Todd? Too bad.

  8. elcoffeecannon - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    I don’t see how bertuzzi is still in the league. He goes on to make 50 million over his career while Moore never skates another shift. Mcsorley was made an example of, this really seems no different to me than that incident

    • govtminion - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      To be fair- and not to defend Bertuzzi by ANY means (I’m an Avs fan, after all), but McSorley was legal to return after his suspension- but he was old when the incident happened, and no one wanted to take on a contract for a guy that old who hadn’t played in a year. Bertuzzi, however, was still under contract anyway in Vancouver, and- at that point- was a top-talent power forward in the prime of his career.

      Similar incidents, but very different circumstances following the end of their suspensions- and not through any doing of the NHL.

      (That said, Bertuzzi is the only player I mark every year for fantasy hockey as ‘do not draft’ for a reason.)

      • 19to77 - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        What, aside from being washed-up and god-awful since like 2010?

      • govtminion - Aug 19, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        Well, yeah, I guess that’s a good point too. 😉

  9. crazemastercraze - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Berrtuzi is a cowardly scum bag. End of story

    • pjblake2redwings - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      Moore is a little cry baby and no one liked him.. not even his own teammates.. every time i see the hit i love it and glad this bum never played again.

      • avfanforlife - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:06 PM

        pj – Are you and Blomfeld room mates?

      • 19to77 - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:11 PM

        Yeah, yeah, and Sean Avery should have won the Lady Byng. If you’re just going to trollpost, at least put some effort into it. Not just an idiot, but a lazy one. Ugh.

      • c9castine - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:15 PM

        yeahhhh…wow your so tough

        ahh wahh my neck is broken and my brain is concussed and my NHL hockey career is over…wahhh

        yeah cant believe he would be upset about that stuff. what a puss right?

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        Looks like he’s going to be crying all the way to the bank. Good for Moore, he deserves every penny.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      Agreed. Well said.

  10. phtjoey - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    no way NHL wanted this to go to trial otherwise that would have had to expose some of their dirty laundry. they no doubt put a lot of money in the pot to satisfy m. moore. make no mistake about it. the NHL was on trial here as well.

    • desertfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      Bert never paid a dime of this settlement.

      Btwn the league and Orca they parked Bert in a corner and negotiated the deal

      End of story!!!

  11. phtjoey - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    hopefully these two men can now sit face to face to have a serious talk, and if it does happen i hope whatever is said remains private.

    • titansbro - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      i can see it now:

      moore: why’d you hit from behind & end my career?
      bertuzzi: uhhh, duhh, der, der, der
      moore: it all makes sense now

  12. LampyB - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    How is it that everyone overlooks the fact that his entire team was piled on top of him and that could easily have broken his neck? Bert was aggressive but theres no way to conclusively tell.

    • ibieiniid - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      ….Bertuzzi also caused everybody to end up on top of him. it’s his fault either way. not sure where the confusion is.

  13. rupp246 - Aug 19, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Areaman got it right.

  14. jason9696 - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    I’m glad it’s finally over. It only took over 10 years to get it done.

    I’m still surprised Steve Moore wasn’t killed when 245 lb Todd Bertuzzi landed on top of him. That had to have been one of the most cowardly things I’ve ever seen in the NHL.

  15. 13whitebread - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    I did like Bert with his time in Detroit but it was a cheap shot and Moore deserves restitution.

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