Bertuzzi court hearing today

Todd bertuzzi is back in court today hoping to resolve the lawsuit launched against him in 2004 by...

Todd bertuzzi is back in court today hoping to resolve the lawsuit launched against him in 2004 by former Colorado Avalanche player Steve Moore. (Lyle Aspinall/SUN MEDIA)

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 9:27 AM ET

The next step towards a resolution in the lawsuit against Todd Bertuzzi could come today.

A mediation hearing is scheduled for today in Toronto in the case against the Calgary Flames forward stemming from the 2004 on-ice incident involving Steve Moore.

Moore originally filed a $38-million suit against Bertuzzi for the infamous sucker punch in March 2004 while Bertuzzi was with the Vancouver Canucks and Moore with the Colorado Avalanche.

Former Canucks coach Marc Crawford was later added as a third party in the case, although Crawford claims Bertuzzi acted in disobedience.

Bertuzzi, who signed with the Flames in the summer, Crawford and Moore, are all scheduled to attend today's hearing, which is a normal part of this type of case.

Moore hasn't played since the attack that left him with broken vertebrae in his neck.

Bertuzzi was suspended for 17 months after the incident but was reinstated after the NHL resolved its lockout.

Since then, Bertuzzi was traded to the Florida Panthers, then to the Detroit Red Wings before signing with the Anaheim Ducks last season.

In 30 games with the Flames after signing as a free agent this July, Bertuzzi has seven goals and 13 assists, but he is currently riding a 17-game goalless drought.

The Flames leave today for St. Louis, where they will play the Blues tomorrow.

They play in Minnesota against the division rival Wild Wednesday before returning home.

Bertuzzi has declined comment on the court case since joining the Flames.


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