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NHL notes: McCaw may be forced to testify in Moore suit

Former Vancouver Canucks owner John McCaw (right). (Reuters)

Former Vancouver Canucks owner John McCaw (right). (Reuters)

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, Last Updated: 11:23 PM ET

Former Vancouver Canucks owner John McCaw, Jr., can be forced to testify in Steve Moore's civil lawsuit against ex-Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi.

A U.S. federal judge ruled Wednesday that Seattle-based McCaw can be subpoenaed to testify during the court case in Toronto. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice asked the U.S. court earlier this year to subpoena McCaw.

It's unknown if McCaw will accept the ruling and appear at the trial, which is set to start in September.

McCaw sold his interest in the Canucks to Orca Bay in 2006 but is liable for half of any money Moore could be awarded, according to reports.

Moore is suing Bertuzzi and the Canucks for $38 million after being attacked by the then-Vancouver star in 2004.

The on-ice attack left Moore, who was playing for the Colorado Avalanche, with a concussion and three broken vertebrae. Moore hasn't played since.

Moore's lawyer, Tim Danson, said NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly have agreed to testify.

KANE, TOEWS BEING TARGETTED

The Chicago Blackhawks have captain Jonathan Toews and dynamic forward Patrick Kane under contract for another season but hope to get both signed to long-term extensions later this summer.

Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said re-signing the two are "the highest priority for us" even though they both have contracts. The Hawks can't re0-sign them until after July 1.

"We made it clear. We've never wavered from that," Bowman said. "There's no doubting the importance of those two players. The direction this franchise has taken has really been in tandem with those two players. When Patrick and Jonathan came on to the scene, it really breathed life into our franchise and into our team. They've played a huge part in this."

Toews iand Kane are both set to make $6.5 million in 2014-15, the last year of five-year deals they signed in 2010.

Both have indicated they want to stay in Chicago long-term.

"I know we both love it here in Chicago, love playing here and having the chance to win every year," Kane said. "We'll see what happens."

ARENA-LESS IN SEATTLE

The NHL won't put a team in Seattle until the city builds an appropriate arena, commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday in a radio interview.

Bettman told Sportsnet 590 The Fan that the lack of an NHL-calibre arena in Seattle is a major stumbling block, even though there's been plenty of interest in the league expanding or relocating a team in city.

"We're getting a lot of interest from Seattle, maybe more interest from Seattle in terms of number of parties than anywhere else," Bettman said. "The building situation is very unsettled and frankly if there was no reasonable prospect of a building coming anytime soon in Seattle, there was really not a whole lot of point of people spinning their wheels continuing to express their interest."

Seattle has long been rumoured to be a front-runner to get an NHL franchise.

Bettman visited Seattle last month to get an arena update from local politicians, including mayor Ed Murray. Investor Chris Hansen, who received approval to build an arena in the city, is trying to bring an NBA team back to Seattle but doesn't want to own an NHL franchise.

BRIEFLY

The Detroit Red Wings signed Grand Rapids coach Jeff Blashill to a three-year contract extension. Blashill has coached the Wings' AHL affiliate for the past two seasons ... The Columbus Blue Jackets signed Swedish forward Simon Hjalmarsson to a one-year, two-way contract. Hjalmarsson, a second-round pick of the St. Louis Blues, had 57 points in 55 games with Linkopings last season.


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