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Is Bertuzzi shifting the blame?
Fri, March 28, 2008

Former Vancouver Canucks coach Marc Crawford has been dragged into a multi-million dollar lawsuit over NHL forward Todd Bertuzzi's infamous sucker punch on Steve Moore.

Moore originally file the suit against Bertuzzi and courts documents show the former NHL player has now consented to name Crawford in the suit as well.

Bertuzzi sought to have Crawford included in the suit based on the claim that his NHL contract compelled him take direction from his coach.

Is Bertuzzi shifting the blame onto his coach, or is Crawford also liable for what happened on the ice in 2004? Have your say in our forum.

Bertuzzi files lawsuit against Crawford

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If Bertuzzi is just a robot who does what the coach says then the Anaheim coach should be telling him every shift "go out and score a goal". He'd be leading the league.

Bertuzzi is responsible for his actions on the ice and the words "get him" from your coach, a teammate or a fan do not mean injure or kill someone. I don't think Bertuzzi meant to hurt Moore badly at all and this was an accident brought on my the positioning of the players at the time. But this takes the cake.

I think Bertuzzi is setting a bad precedent for hockey by breaking ranks and saying that criminal actions can happen inside locker rooms or on rinks. So far, hockey has taken care of policing it's players, but once the floodgates of civil actions are open, where does it end. Suing for every hit or high-stick? Suits for humiliation and suffering because your coach berated you? Bertuzzi was stupid to got conned into this by his lawyer as posturing in case he loses, but the larger implications are bad for hockey but good for the lawyers.
Rick W., 2008-04-02 10:02:30

Bertuzzi should have been banned forever for his heinous hit.

Having said that, Moore does not deserve 38 million. He was a marginal player at best and never would have made that much in the NHL. Total up what his preojected salary would have been and give him that and then let this blackeye on hockey fade away forever.
Norbit, 2008-04-01 19:50:00

When Crawford said Moore must pay I believe he meant for someone to pick a fight with him and punch him out. Moore wouldnt fight Bertuzzi or Matt Cooke so unfortunately this is the end result.

Moore's hit on Naslund was dirty, he elbowed him in the head. If the ref had given Moore a penalty then maybe this wouldnt have happened.

I alomst laughed not at what happened but when I heard Moore is asking for $ 38 million in his law suit. Moore's parents are also suing Bertuzzi which is a joke, there case should be thrown out, Moore should get maybe a few million and lets move on already.
Gary, 2008-03-29 10:00:36

If Marc Crawford said "He must pay the price", I would take that to mean that we finish the check on Moore every time that he touches the puck. In other words what is known as a normal “Hockey Play”.

Needless to say, what Todd Bertuzzi did, was NOT a “Hockey Play”.

Bertuzzi, 'the criminal on skates', had a track record previous to this crime. He was known as a goon and dirty player previous to this act. He was suspended in junior and in the NHL for similar actions prior to this.

Now, he does not want to be held responsible for his actions.

Too bad, big boy! You did the crime, you pay the fine!

Those who live by the sword, die by the sword.

Stand up and be a man! Take responsibility for your actions.

Marc Crawford is NOT responsible for your behaviour. You are!

Don’t go and hide behind the Lawyer’s skirt, or his robe now.


Vince in Ottawa, 2008-03-29 08:41:40

O'Leary, the Lawyer is hired by Bertuzzi and thus represents him and by association makes Bertuzzi the one shifting the blame. For someone who presents themselves as somewhat of an intellect, you sure are moronic.
Pete, 2008-03-29 08:40:47

same rhetoric...

Moore's hit on Naslund was not penalized and after video review Moore was not suspended, so please lets cut the crap on that front.

Bertuzzi suckered a guy from behind, then pile-drove him into the ice. A 245lb guy like Bertuzzi would be able to generate enough downforce to do the damage he did.

Bertuzzi did what he did and should be held himself fully responsible. Crawford has always been a crap coach, but as was mentioned he did not force any player to act in a specific way.

Bertuzzi alone should face the music.
powellm1k, 2008-03-28 21:57:14

This is rediculous. 20 players sat on the Vancouver bench that night but only Todd Bertuzzi jumped Steve Moore from behind like a common assault crimminal.

When the court looks at this, they will look at what the other 19 players thought. When they do that, they will show that they did not assault or injure Steve Moore. Therefore, its not resonable to think that Mark Crawford intendid for the "TEAM" to injure Steve Moore as Todd Burtuzzi suggests.

I think it had more to do with the score that night than Todd wants to admit.
John Allen, 2008-03-28 20:28:18

I can't stand the guy. Its typical in this blame everyone else society. I hope it gets thrown out of court.Games Games Games!!! There isn't just hockey!!!
Bill, 2008-03-28 19:24:58

Crawford has been a cheap shot artist since his so-called playing days. It's time for him to "Pay the Piper."
Hank, 2008-03-28 18:42:35

There's payback and then there's cheap shot, cowardly, goonery.

How about squaring up face to face, toe to toe and sorting Moore out? Not a sucker punch from behind!


Billy, 2008-03-28 18:36:26

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