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Different tune: Moore hasn’t settled with Bertuzzi, says brother (Updated)

Aug 20, 2014, 1:28 PM EDT

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Some big news out of the Todd Bertuzzi-Steve Moore civil suit — according to Moore’s brother, Mark, the former Colorado Avalanche forward hasn’t agreed to any sort of settlement with the Bertuzzi camp.

From TSN (Updated):

“I got a text message from Steve last night and he’s very concerned,” Mark Moore told TSN. “He says there is no deal yet and isn’t sure what to do about all the media speculation.

Mark Moore said his mother and Steve’s legal team believed Bertuzzi’s legal advisers are trying to ratchet up pressure on Moore to reach a settlement this month.

“Bertuzzi is a free agent and he wants to sign a contract,” Mark Moore continued. “They are trying to put on pressure….” 

This development comes just hours after Bertuzzi’s lawyer, Geoff Adair, told ESPN a deal had been reached between the two to settle out of court, avoiding what could’ve be an explosive civil trial.

“Suffice it to say, Todd Bertuzzi is happy this has arrived at a resolution, as I’m sure all parties are,” Adair said.

That was followed by an e-mail from NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly to CBC, expressing relief that the incident had been closed.

“We are pleased that the resolution of this matter allows the parties to turn the page and look to the future,” Daly wrote.

Per TSN, the league isn’t party to the case — and it’s worth noting that Moore’s lawyer, Tim Danson, has yet to comment publicly.

It remains unclear what’s preventing this deal from getting done, or why there’s such a discrepancy between the two camps on resolution. It’s possible the issue could be financial compensation. Back in early July, reports broke that Moore was seeking $68 million in damages — up from the original $38 million — stemming from the 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.

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 — as alluded to above — is now currently an unsigned UFA.

  1. skuba7 - Aug 20, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    What next?

  2. lennaykekua - Aug 20, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Shame on Gary Bettman for not taking care of this kid a long time ago. When BrittanyCecil was tragically killed by a shot deflected by Espn Knutsen during an NHL game, netting was installed behind the goaltender in all 30 arenas and the Cecil family was quietly written a very large check by the NHL as to avoid lawsuits and the like.

    The Bertuzzi/Moore incident is unprecedented and should have been treated in similar fashion. The culture of violence and the archaic “code” mentality that flourish in todays NHL has to stop. With ratings and attendance up, don’t count on it. Have about taking care of your own Gary? The very players that line your pockets.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 20, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      Still hate that netting. Pucks get deflected over the side boards at what certainly seem like velocities equally high or higher than ones that hit the crossbar.

      I wouldn’t want the league to be as knee-jerk with all their decisions as they were with that one.

  3. bsaures - Aug 20, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    I personally am tired of feeling sorry for steve moore he has proven through his application to the MBA program at Harvard University that he is mentally functioning on a high level and he refused several offers from teams to try and make a comeback he chose not to go back (likely because he wasnt good enough to be anything more than a call up to begin with) his injuries are no worse than what happened to guys like pacioretty, zednik, and others yet they arent going around sueing people for 68 million dollars

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Aug 20, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      Thank you for your expert medical opinion, Doctor.

      • missthemexpos - Aug 20, 2014 at 2:51 PM

        If you need a medical opinion then Mark Recchi is the man.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        I was about to ask him if he went to the same medical school as Rex, but figured someone would jump on it soon enough.

    • rangersatl - Aug 20, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      what offers, his brother went to Harvard. His career was ended!

      • bsaures - Aug 20, 2014 at 2:51 PM

        All three moores(domenic, steve, and mark) went to harvard its where they played hockey. steve in 2010 applied to the MBA program there and scored in the 88th percentile he can think just fine. Burke offered him several contract when he was in Anaheim and colorado offered him as well.

      • esracerx46 - Aug 20, 2014 at 5:16 PM

        Burke being the GM of the Canucks at the time of the incident has nothing to do with trying to sign him…does it?

    • pjblake2redwings - Aug 20, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      100% agree with you. Moore had several teams offer 2 way contracts and he turned them all down.. other players have been hurt just as bad and came back and played. Moore knew he would be a back and forth player between the AHL/NHL so he just wants the pay day now

      • rmccleary97 - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        “Back and forth” players don’t play in 39 consecutive regular season games (like Moore did when he was injured) and don’t play 13-16 minutes a night on average when playing 39 straight (like Moore did when he was injured).

        BTW – please name all these players who “have been hurt just as bad and came back and played.” I’m curious to see this vast list of guys who suffered 3 broken vertebrae from a sucker punch from behind and being driven to the ice, and went on to have glorious on-ice hockey careers.

    • nhstateline - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      maybe some of the guys you listed would have been better off doing as Mr. Moore is doing. Might be more money in winning a lawsuit that makes the party responsible for your injury pay for it than there would be in playing with a damaged body in the minor leagues and wiping out your legal claims for damages.

    • moarjam - Aug 20, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      He was assaulted. He wasn’t injured during a “hockey play” like the others you mentioned. Bertuzzi broke his neck. The guy should have served time.

    • rmccleary97 - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      1. The “several offers” you mention were all of … one (1) contract offer made by … Brian Burke, who was GM of the Vancouver Canucks at the time of the incident and then-GM of the Anaheim Ducks. Even if Moore had accepted it, he would have had to pass a physical (hint: he almost certainly wouldn’t have), rendering the contract offer null and void anyway. Oh, that was also at the point in time where S. Moore had filed a lawsuit against Bertuzzi and the Canucks – but I’m sure there was no “cover my ass” going on there.

      If you’ve got proof of other contract offers (especially from Colorado), by all means – provide links.

      2. Please understand how test scores on a standardized exam have absolutely no relation to the ability to play hockey, much less hockey at a professional level.

  4. 101starmymedic - Aug 20, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Hey Moore you crybaby. How many soldiers are totally maimed or injured to the point of not being able to do anything without a high degree of difficulty. Yet here you are, “having trouble making decisions” – Have you ever been in the blast radius on an enemy mortar round and suffered a severe LOC, how about that x 10, or an IED?

    Didn’t think so, many MANY Soldiers are dealing with the same stuff you are, but they’re not crying and complaining and pining for media attention. Go do what real men do when one door closes, quit whining and go kick in another one.

    • ibieiniid - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      fake tough guy soldier here to turn this into a military vs. civilian di** measuring contest again.

      • 101starmymedic - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:32 PM

        No it’s already been established we pack more heat. You may not think so, but your girlfriend and sister sending me nudes speak quite to the contrary.

      • ibieiniid - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        lol wut. you stopped at “sending [you] nudes?” what kind of troll are you?

    • c9castine - Aug 21, 2014 at 1:24 AM

      this is why U.S. military are getting increasingly less and less respect from their fellow countrymen these days…

      how many soldiers are suffering from PTSD, have committed suicide, can’t function in relationships or society, drug addiction and depression…

      grow up man.

  5. sjsblitz - Aug 20, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    This one time at band camp…

  6. purplove1 - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Seriously, all these idiots speculating at best, what Moore’s injuries are or are not. This could be real, shame on those who are acting as if they know the details and passing judgement. This is hidieous.

    • bsaures - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      You must be new to the internet

      • purplove1 - Aug 20, 2014 at 9:15 PM

        Nope, just stating the obvious. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to recognize truly ignorant comments.

  7. c9castine - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    i tend to side with Moore on this because hes right – he got screwed out of a lot of income and a life as an NHL hockey player, sometihng he put a lifetime of work and effort into. it really was a crime what Bertuzzi did by all legal standards.

    that being said when i read stuff like this ““Because of the injury he has trouble making decisions and so he doesn’t know how to handle the media.” i tend to think are you serious? give me a break…now your just making crap up and playing games with the media.

    the media has nothing to do with this, really. they can report whatever they want it doesnt matter until he signs on the dotted line.

    • bsaures - Aug 20, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      I think I would be moee inclined to side with him if a) he had made a real effort to come back. He was given opportunities to try and didnt take them. B) if he was asking for an amount that was even remotely close to his lost earnings. Even giving him a very generous estimate of his future earnings he could have had put him well below 10 million (at the point of the injury he was 26 and hant even played 70 games in the nhl) He has shown that mentally he is still capable to hold a post hockey job so that isnt a issue. Where does the other 58 million come from

      • rmccleary97 - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:06 PM

        Please define “real effort to come back.” Where practical, cite your personal experiences in dealing with 3 broken vertebrae and post-concussion syndrome, and the extensive work you put in to rehab and get medically cleared to go back to playing a professional sport. No, “well he could have taken Burke’s offer” doesn’t count because there’s no proof Moore could have been medically cleared to accept the offer anyway.

        Also note that Moore’s ability to hold a post hockey job is irrelevant. If you wanted to be a commercial pilot and lost an eye because someone else maliciously attacked you, “well, you could do office work for an airline” isn’t exactly a suitable substitute, especially if you were injured to the point you were unable to work for some period of time and lost your job and the resulting income.

    • fightingwild - Aug 20, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      I would agree on all injuries except the injuries to the brain. I have broken 11 bones in my 42 years (Yes I was active & at times clumsy) The bones have healed but not 100%. I am slower than I used to be. However a brain injury takes many different paths & we have no idea which path Moore’s has taken. He was unconscious before he hit the ice & stayed unconscious for close to a minute from what I could tell in the video. To me that speaks or a serous concussion. He may very well have confusion or increased anxiety which leads to trouble making decisions or even fear of making them. Judge not lest ye be judged. A phrase more Americans should follow.

  8. scoochpooch - Aug 20, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    The real question is why haven’t the Moore’s killed Bertuzzi yet?
    It’s been 10 years, what are you waiting for?

  9. Wineshard - Aug 20, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    The cow Moore has been milking is down to a scrawny 110 lbs. Time he got off the pail and left the barn.

  10. rangersatl - Aug 21, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Cut to the chase. Bertuzzi and others were idiots.

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