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The NHL Asked Steve Moore To Drop His Civil Suit

from Michael Drapack of CBC,

The National Hockey League refused to give Steve Moore $220,000 in a disability payment unless he dropped his civil suit against Todd Bertuzzi and the Vancouver Canucks, new court documents allege.

As well, a new motion was filed to compel former Canucks owner John McCaw Jr. to testify at the trial scheduled to start in September in Ontario Superior Court in Toronto.

Moore is seeking $38 million dollars in damages resulting from the March 8, 2004 on-ice incident. Bertuzzi, the Canucks and Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment, owner of the NHL team, are named.

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Afternoon Line

"It's not ideal If I have to miss a year, I hear sometimes it benefits the older players, but I don't think it really does. I think you have to be consistently playing, being active and all that.

"You usually train for two, two and-a-half months in the summer and then maintain (heading into training camp). But we're going on three months of training right now and it kind of gets groundhog day-ish."

-Todd Bertuzzi of the Detroit Red Wings.  More from Bertuzzi via Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News.

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Wings About To Extend Bertuzzi

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings will announce a two-year extension for forward Todd Bertuzzi as early as Thursday,

Bertuzzi’s agent, Pat Morris, told the Free Press today that “we’re working at it, and getting closer.” The sides have been talking for the past month.

Bertuzzi, 37, is in the last of a two-year deal that’s averaged $1,937,500. His new deal is for closer to $2.2 million a season, and is backloaded.

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Bertuzzi Bothered By Dizziness

from Bill Roose at the Detroit Red Wings website,

Bertuzzi has been battling dizziness on top of a sinus infection that has kept the Wings’ forward at home for the last week. He said the dizziness began after he was struck in the face by Minnesota forward Devon Setoguchi’s stick Oct. 29.

“It started in Minnesota when I got hit,” Bertuzzi said. “Played two (more) games and it kept getting worse and worse; lighted-headed, dizzy and didn’t feel myself. Then I got a sinus infection and I went and got my ears checked. Got a little bit of swelling in there, so I got some pills to try and get the swelling down.”

Bertuzzi skated for only the first half of Thursday’s practice before heading to the locker room.

“I felt OK. Then everyone came out and things were going pretty quick,” he said. “I don’t know, they said three or four days, the medication should kick in and hopefully I can get my balance and stuff back.”

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Report- No Further Action Against Bertuzzi

via Pierre LeBrun tweet,

FYI, source tells me no league hearing scheduled for Todd Bertuzzi; no further discipline planned for his hit on Ryan Johnson

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Video- Bertuzzi Hit On Johnson Tonight

Todd Bertuzzi received 5 for elbowing and a game, Ryan Johnson went to the quiet room.

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Bertuzzi Out with Injury

From Ansar Khan at MLive:

“I don’t think we’ll have Franzen, Datsyuk, Hudler or Bertuzzi available for tomorrow,’’ coach Mike Babcock said after today’s practice

It would be the first game Bertuzzi has missed during his second stint in Detroit. He has played in 155 consecutive games as a Red Wing.

“He’s had aches and pain for a while and he just can’t go,’’ Babcock said. “So we’ll give him a few days.’‘

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Bertuzzi Pays Tribute To Markus Naslund

Todd Bertuzzi could not be in Vancouver for the Naslund Celebration, but did make a video tribute…

Also, watch a tribute video the Canucks did to honor Naslund below…

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Dependable Bertuzzi

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Bertuzzi ranks second on the team with 12 points entering tonight’s game against Colorado, most recently setting up game-winning goals in the past two games to give him 10 assists. His second assist in Thursday’s 6-2 rout over the Oilers was a slick move that saw him go from his natural left shot to a right one in order to find Danny Cleary, prompting coach Mike Babcock to think of Gordie Howe when asked about the move Friday.

“Gordie would be proud, eh? It was just a good play to get the puck through and Clears was able to bury it,” Babcock said….

“He is good defensively for us—we can count on him,” Babcock said. “You can play him against anyone—you don’t think about him that way, you just think he’s going to get the job done.

“The other thing about him is, it doesn’t matter where you play him, or who you play him with, he doesn’t complain, he just plays. I’d like him to shoot more, because he’s got a real good shot. Also, just to go to the net hard. But to me, he’s got to be feeling really good about himself.”

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Bertuzzi Chasing The Cup

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

Every night before he goes to bed, Detroit Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi goes through an elaborate stretching program to keep his back in the best shape it can be after all he’s put it through during his eventful 15-year NHL career.

Every once in a while he needs to have this special back doctor that he’s worked with over the years to come in and use acupuncture, manipulations and other assorted techniques to straighten out his back and hip by working on them for four or five days in a row, in part to try to make him comfortable on the long flights out west from Detroit.

“It happened right before the start of the regular season, my guy came in and I took six days off and he worked on me,” said Bertuzzi. “And it seemed to work because I started the season well rested and feeling pretty good. At the time I think some of the guys just thought I was trying to get out of playing another exhibition game, but you know, I’m glad I did it because I’m feeling strong. Some days I feel like I’m old but I’m going to chase that Cup until I can’t walk.”

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Bertuzzi Remains With The Wings

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Todd Bertuzzi has agreed to a two-year, $3.875 million deal with the Detroit Red Wings.

“It’s just a really good fit for me,” the forward said. “My kids were so pumped when they found out we’re going back for two more years—now my son gets to stay in his hockey program, and they get to go back to the same schools.”

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Bertuzzi’s Suit Against Crawford Continues

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Lawyers for Todd Bertuzzi managed to recover from a gaffe that saw his third-party lawsuit against his former coach, Marc Crawford, dismissed because they failed to file the paperwork to send it to trial.

Ontario Superior Court of Justice case management master Ronald Dash granted a motion Tuesday morning from Robert Ben, one of Bertuzzi’s lawyers, which reinstated the lawsuit. He also granted Bertuzzi’s lawyers’ request, over the objection of Crawford’s lawyer, to conduct an examination of discovery on Crawford. But Dash limited the examination to four hours and ruled it must be conducted within the next 30 days.

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Bertuzzi May Call Detroit Home

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

“Certainly the organization liked what Todd did, and Todd enjoyed his year in Detroit, and is interested in coming back,” agent Pat Morris said.

Bertuzzi, 35, made $1.5 million last season. He was one of three Wings (with Lidstrom and Brad Stuart) to play all 82 games, during which he produced 18 goals among 44 points. He followed up with 11 points in 12 playoff games.

The deal might end up being for two years, as Bertuzzi, after moving every year since first leaving Detroit in the summer of 2007, is eager for some continuity. Earlier in the season, in discussing Detroit, he told the Free Press, “When the grass is as green as it is here, why go anywhere else?”...

The Wings also are expected to re-sign unrestricted free-agent forward Tomas Holmstrom, and possibly defenseman Andreas Lilja.

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Babcock Says Bertuzzi Has A Charley Horse

via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Coach Mike Babcock said Bertuzzi has a charley horse and didn’t know anything beyond that. Bertuzzi said “I’m OK.’’ But he will be further evaluated Monday to see if any tests are needed.

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Dump Bertuzzi

from Bruce Mason at the Detroit Free Press,

This column was submitted by a freep.com reader and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Detroit Free Press nor its writers.

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland’s hockey expertise heavily outweighs mine. It’s kind of like comparing the brain capacity of Albert Einstein versus Pee Wee Herman.

But something has to be done about Bertuzzi. Bench him. Cut him. Trade him. Heck, send him across I-96 to Grand Rapids. Because, in the end, he will kill this team, if he hasn’t dug their playoff grave already.

Bertuzzi, although skilled with his spin-o-rama shootout goals and occasional offensive flair, really lacks the hockey intelligence instrumental for winning games. Simple plays he cannot make.

And in a puck-possession system, simple plays are critical.

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Bertuzzi Wants To Stay In Detroit And Detroit Wants Him To Stay

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Wings are very interested in keeping Bertuzzi, who takes 13 goals and 27 points into tonight’s game at Minnesota—and he is very interested in staying.

“I love playing here,” Bertuzzi said Wednesday. “I love the guys. It’s somewhere I’d like to stay and retire.”

General manager Ken Holland would like to get a deal done, too.

“We’re very happy with him,” Holland said. “When we signed him in the summer, our hope was he could get 40 to 50 points, and it looks like he’ll get that. He’s given us a dimension of size and strength. ... He’s scored a lot of big goals for us. Certainly, we’d like to keep him.”

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Datsyuk’s Lob Shot Shootout Goal

added 4:02pm, I switched out video which now includes the Datsyuk and Bertuzzi goals in the shootout.

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Bertuzzi Gets No Slack

from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,

It doesn’t matter that he plays a hard, clean game, more than willing to stick up for himself and teammates without going out of his way to instigate trouble. He’s not a Lady Byng candidate by any stretch, but he’s far from a goon.

Yet, in the eyes and minds of some people in the game, it’s still 2004 and he’s still the thug that blindsided Moore. And by some people in the game, I am referring to the referees.

Bertuzzi is officiated differently, in my judgment, than other players. He is watched more closely, like he’s the neighborhood bully or something. If somebody falls near him, he’s the first guy the referees see.

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The Bertuzzian Spin-O-Rama Move

This was Bertuzzi’s first goal of the game tonight, he also had the game winner in OT.

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Wings Could Use More Offense From Bertuzzi

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is pleased with Bertuzzi’s skating and back-checking, but the big winger is committing too many turnovers and isn’t finishing. He has just three goals and nine points in 22 games.

“It’s frustrating not putting up the amount of goals and points I think I can do,’’ Bertuzzi said. “I’ve gotten the opportunity to do it, kind of (had) a handful of bad bounces here and there, could easily have six, seven goals instead of three. Just got to keep grinding and working hard. I know that it comes in bunches.’‘

Bertuzzi’s 60 shots ranks second on the team to Henrik Zetterberg (87), but he has the lowest shooting percentage (5.0) among forwards on the top two lines.

“He wants to score, we’d like him to score, too, but that’s not the measure,’’ Babcock said. “The measure for me is how hard you’re on the puck, how determined you are, how well you play with your linemates.

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Evening Line

“I’ll get booed probably as much as the rest of Detroit.  It seems I’m on the right team for that.”

-Todd Bertuzzi of the Detroit Red Wings speaking about playing in Denver tomorrow.  Via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

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Bertuzzi Playing The Wings Way

from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,

“That’s as good a game as I’ve seen Bert play in a number of years,” Babcock said. “I thought Bert was excellent and helped those guys. He’s big and he skated well, and that was important for us.”...

Bertuzzi relishes the chance to play with Zetterberg and Datsyuk.

“I think I’m capable of playing with those guys,” he said. “Be nice to get some chemistry with them and try to contribute when the Mule is out for now. I think it’s a spot I can be successful in.”

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Babcock & Bertuzzi On The Same Page

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

“What we do is we play a structured game so that the skill people can be really skilled. When you’re all over the rink you end up checking one another,” Babcock said. “The way we play is a real simple way, but because everyone knows where to go and what to do you all look better. So, he’s just got to find his little niche in that. He’s playing with real good players, but on this team we don’t need him being cute or making any cute little plays. We need him being big, strong, physical, going to the net and hanging onto the puck. We have Pav and Fil and Z to make all those cute little plays.

“Just by talking to him, he wants to be that (powerful player),” Babcock continued. “Well, if he wants to be that, that’s half the battle for a coach.”

Since Bertuzzi wants to prolong his career beyond just this season, he plans on being the model student all year long.

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Morning Line

“He’s in way better shape.  He’s way quicker than he was last time here. So now we need a big-time effort each and every night, and I think we’re going to get that.”

-Wings Coach Mike Babcock on Todd Bertuzzi.  Read more from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

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Bert Is Back

from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,

Big, bad Bert claims to be not quite as big nor as bad as he’s been made out to be after enjoying his first informal skate with his new Detroit Red Wings teammates Wednesday at City Arena.

A rather chatty Todd Bertuzzi, the six-foot-three forward who has trimmed down to a svelte 225 pounds, dealt with the usual issues of his weight and the ugly Steve Moore incident before moving on to discuss his good health and the opportunity to return to Detroit.

Bertuzzi had a brief stop in Detroit in 2007 after being acquired at the February trade deadline.

“(I’m) really happy to be back, especially knowing pretty much everyone in the room,” said Bertuzzi, who had five goals and 11 points in his 24 games as a Wing coming off back surgery that season.

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Bertuzzi In The Lineup Tonight For The London Knights

from Patrick Maloney of the London Free Press,

A big NHL name — as in six-foot-three and 235 pounds — has been added to the London Knights lineup for Saturday night’s Euro Can Cup game against Munich.

Todd Bertuzzi, the veteran NHLer who recently signed with Detroit, is driving to London from his Kitchener home for tonight’s game — and possibly Monday night’s tournament final.

“Putting Todd Bertuzzi on the ice is an incredible addition,” said Pat Curcio, who organized the tournament that features three European squads and a team featuring Knights alumni and other NHLers.

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update 5:39pm, New link found, now working again.

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Bad Karma

from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

Red Wings brass is pretty infallible, but should GM Ken Holland and friends not have learned the first time around? That would be in 2007, when Detroit picked up Bertuzzi for a Stanley Cup run that ended prematurely in the Western Conference final with a series loss to the eventual champion Anaheim Ducks. That would be the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Red Wings (shared with Buffalo), who had home-ice advantage in the series and would win the Cup the following season – once Bertuzzi was gone.

Though I wish Big Bert no specific ill will, recent history has shown that everything the man touches turns to ash. His trade from Vancouver to Florida was an unmitigated disaster for the Panthers, who lost Roberto Luongo in the deal and sloughed Bertuzzi off on Detroit after just seven games of service (karma-wise, injuries have followed the power forward around like buzzards in recent years).

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Bertuzzi- Part 2

Fans of teams other than the Wings- What do you think of the Bertuzzi to the Wings, Part 2 edition?

added 2:13pm,

DETROIT—The Red Wings announced today that the club has signed free agent forward Todd Bertuzzi to a one-year contract.  In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Bertuzzi Offered 1yr - $1.5M Deal With Wings

Greg Brady of 640am in Toronto, and ex-WDFN employee in Detroit, notes on his Twitter-

DRW has put a tasty 1-yr/1.5m offer up for Todd Bertuzzi. Since no one else is beating down his door, take it, Bert! Cheap real estate!

added 11:42pm, from Michael Zuidema at Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings could be poised to welcome another former player back to town.

General manager Ken Holland confirmed Monday the club is negotiating with free-agent forward Todd Bertuzzi.

“We’re talking to him,” Holland said.

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Bertuzzii Could Be A Good Choice For A Few Teams

from Brian Costello of The Hockey News,

There are many players still on the market and unfortunately a good chunk of them will never again play in the NHL. If you consider yourself picky, you might look at the UFA list and say there are only a couple names worth considering.

It all depends on what a team is looking for – from Maxim Afinogenov to Mike Zigomanis, there’s a role for a lot of these guys. One UFA who continues to catch my eye is the enigmatic Todd Bertuzzi.

Say what you want about Big Bert and his past crimes of poor judgment, he can still be a useful player on a handful of teams.

The days of Bertuzzi being a 40-goal scorer and point-a-game player on a top line are long gone. So are the stipends of $5 million plus per season.

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Bertuzzi Talking With US Based Teams

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

Bertuzzi expects to land with an Eastern Conference team south of the border.

“I’m speaking to about three teams right now,” he said. “We’re just trying to figure things out.

“If the stars align here, I could end up somewhere where the travel is a lot easier. Hopefully we’ll get something done here in the next 48 hours.”

Could that be a reunion with Brian Burke and the Toronto Maple Leafs?

“I’ve heard the same thing,” he said of the rumour that just won’t go away. “I’ve got a lot of friends out here who are Leaf fans. They seem to have heard it too, but no.

“Not going to happen.”

Will he end up in Canada?

“No,” he said. “I think I’ve been in Canada enough now.”

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Bertuzzi Out With Lower-Body Injury

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Injuries are getting to be a way of life for the Calgary Flames.

The latest to go down is forward Todd Bertuzzi, who did not turn up for the morning skate at Scotiabank Place as the Flames prepared for Tuesday night’s game against the Ottawa Senators. Head coach Mike Keenan said Bertuzzi has a lower-body injury, suffered in Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and was left at home for rehabilitation.

“Todd is day-to-day,” Keenan said of Bertuzzi’s status. “We’ll have to get some reports on him and then decide.”

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Bertuzzi A Marked Man

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

Watching Todd Bertuzzi get mugged by Alexandre Burrows Tuesday night, you couldn’t help but feel bad for the Calgary Flames winger.

Pushed, whacked and prodded by the Vancouver Canucks’ agitator into the bench, Bertuzzi tried to be the better man and get back into the play.

Jabbed some more, he looked pleadingly for a man in stripes who would see the abuse and make a call.

None came, and Bertuzzi finally had enough. He poked back and took a coincidental roughing minor with Burrows….

“Well, you know what, he’s a big brute,” said Flames defenceman Adrian Aucoin.

“He’s obviously a marked man.

“I’m not complaining about the officiating, but he’s got a reputation and obviously he’s got to be careful out there. It’s got to be an obvious penalty to go the other way on him.”

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Bertuzzi Hasn’t Learned A Thing

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

If Bertuzzi were just lumbering and slow, that would be one thing. But it’s clear Bertuzzi has absolutely zero ability to manage his emotions and continues to get his teams in trouble by taking stupid penalties.

His flying elbow at Daniel Sedin’s head Saturday night was easily a suspendable offense and proves Bertuzzi has learned nothing from the Steve Moore incident. Then his hit from behind on Ryan Johnson later in the period almost cost the Calgary Flames the game in regulation time.

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The Good Guy Charade

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

...Even Flames President Ken King has said that Bertuzzi, having paid his penalty (an indefinite suspension that amounted to 20 NHL games, approximately $500,000 in lost salary, plus assault charges that yielded a year’s probation with community service and no criminal record), deserves a second chance. Despite polls that indicate a split opinion in that regard, King maintains that fans in Calgary are willing to give it to the notorious forward.

Funny, but I can’t help but wonder who speaks for Steve Moore.

Moore can’t say much on his own. The matter, more than four years removed from the terrible event, has still not made its way into court. Because of that, there is a moratorium regarding public comments on the case in Canada.

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The New Bertuzzi

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

The reading when Todd Bertuzzi stood atop the scale was 226 lb.

It’s been a few years since the Calgary Flames forward played at that weight.

“Uhh, I think in midget or pee wee,” he said. “I had a good year then, so ...”

New city. New team.

New Bertuzzi? At least physically.

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Bertuzzi with Iginla and Langkow in Training Camp

From the CP via TSN,

Keenan, who coached Bertuzzi when the two were with the Vancouver Canucks in the late 1990s, said he’s excited to see what the six-foot-three, 226-pound forward can accomplish this season.

‘‘He’s more experienced than when I coached him,’’ Keenan said. ‘‘He’s in a good space mentally.  He’s positive about himself and about his opportunity here he views this I’m sure as a good new start.”

Keenan confirmed he’ll test out Bertuzzi on Calgary’s top line to start training camp.

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Bert Likes Espo

from Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,

Wonder why Todd Bertuzzi wound up with No. 7 with the Flames when he’s always worn either 4 or 44 as an NHLer (and before that as an OHL star)? Roger Millions of Sportsnet asked Bertuzzi that very question today at the Flames’ charity golf tournament luncheon and this was the response:

“Obviously, I’ve always worn 4. I think it was just time for a change. Me and a couple of buddies were having a beer and trying to figure out what to do (about his sweater number) and one of the players that came up who I’ve always idolized is Phil Esposito. So I thought I’d go with it and see where that goes.”

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Afternoon Line

“Obviously I’m well aware I wasn’t the most popular pickup in Calgary Flame history but at the same time I think you’ve got to give it a little time and give me a chance,” he offered. “I can’t lie to you it’s not the jersey I thought I was going to wear, but at the same time I played enough games here to know what kind of fan base and what kind of team they are.”

-Todd Bertuzzi from the CP via TSN where you can read more on the Flames…

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The Risk Of Playing

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,

Deciding what’s an acceptable risk of danger when suiting up for an NHL contest will be the key should the case proceed to trial, says a source with a legal background and knowledge of the situation. The source, who requested anonymity, told the Herald any trial will likely come down to the issue of what level of risk Moore assumed that night by simply suiting up against the Canucks in Vancouver.

The source feels Bertuzzi and the NHL will try to make the case that, by playing despite the threats of violence, Moore accepted a higher level of risk.

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Crawford Points At Bertuzzi

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

Former Vancouver coach Marc Crawford claims that Todd Bertuzzi acted in “direct disobedience” to instructions from the Canucks bench during the March 8, 2004 NHL game in which he attacked Colorado forward Steve Moore, breaking his neck and ending his career, according to court documents obtained by the Toronto Star.

Crawford, in documents filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, pleads that the Vancouver coaching staff was trying to get Bertuzzi off the ice before his infamous sucker punch on Moore.

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Flames Will Be Tough To Play Against

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Craig Conroy has a theory, and it’s likely to make Flames fans giddy with anticipation.

“We’re not in the offensive mode like we were with Juice (Kristian Huselius) and Tangs (Alex Tanguay), but we’re kind of like getting back to the team of ‘04 with grit,” said the veteran Flames centre.

“We’ll make it really uncomfortable to play against. Do you really want those guys like (Todd) Bertuzzi and Iggy coming at you and those young guys flying at you, too? I’m starting to see a lot more similarities.”

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Bertuzzi Excited To Play In Calgary

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

For all the reasons Todd Bertuzzi chose to make his NHL next stop in Calgary, the primary factor was not the money, but the opportunity — to play with Flames’ captain Jarome Iginla.

“I gotta to say, Jarome is 100 per cent why I’m a Calgary Flame,” said Bertuzzi. “I had great talks with him. Everything he said about the organization and the city was nothing but positive. Haven’t talked to my family, we decided it was a good opportunity for us and we couldn’t pass it by.”

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Calgary Flames Sign Todd Bertuzzi, 1 Year

via press release:

Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of free agent forward Todd Bertuzzi.

“Todd is a proven scorer with the ability to play both wings,” said Sutter. “He expressed to us that he wanted to play in Canada and that desire along with signing him to a one year deal was important to our philosophy. He wanted to play on a good team and it fit our money. Additionally, our captain, Jarome Iginla, was a strong supporter of Todd and wanted him on our team.”

added 1:30pm (Paul), from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

So naturally, your first thought is, what could they possibly be thinking?

How could the Calgary Flames, with their eyes wide open, possibly sign Todd Bertuzzi to a one-year contract with the NHL team? After all that happened — the Steve Moore incident and the persistent distraction that it had become; the decline in production, the injuries — after all that, how could the Flames assume the risk of putting Bertuzzi in their line-up next season, a year in which they legitimately think they can challenge for a Stanley Cup?

The official explanations will be coming later today, on a conference call with the general manager, Darryl Sutter, but let’s start with a couple of threads that need to be pulled.

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1:44pm ET: Bertuzzi’s salary is $1.95 million (per TSN’s tracker).

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Afternoon Line

via Small Balls, a blog at Macleans,

Who’s got tickets? To Todd Bertuzzi’s wake. The Anaheim Ducks have placed the glorified thug on unconditional waivers after only one season in sunny California (14 goals, 26 assists in 68 games). Oh, how the mighty duck has fallen. There was a time, not long ago, when every NHL team daydreamed about having big bad Bert in its line-up. Not anymore. Somewhere, Steve Moore is smiling.

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Report- Ducks Will Buyout Bertuzzi

Fan 590 in Toronto just stated Nick Kypreos is reporting the Ducks will be buying out Todd Bertuzzi.

added 12:24pm, from TSN,

The Anaheim Ducks are parting ways with Todd Bertuzzi, as the club has placed the veteran winger on waivers with the intention to buyout the remaining season of his contract with the organization.

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added 3:57pm, The Anaheim Ducks have placed Todd Bertuzzi on unconditional waivers for the purpose of buying out his contract. If Bertuzzi is not claimed, he will clear waivers tomorrow morning (June 28) at 9 a.m. Pacific Time.

“Todd Bertuzzi is a quality person who we believe can still play at the NHL level,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Brian Burke. “Unfortunately, we are handcuffed by our salary cap situation. We thank him for his efforts last year and wish him the best of luck in the future.”

 

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Bertuzzi Suing Crawford

from CBC,

Todd Bertuzzi has filed a lawsuit against former Vancouver Canucks coach Marc Crawford, alleging his negligence contributed to Bertuzzi’s infamous sucker punch on ex-Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore in March 2004, according to court documents obtained by CBC News.

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thanks to the numerous folks for the pointer…

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Bertuzzi In A Perfect Situation

from the LA Times,

If he were still in Vancouver or playing in another hockey-first market, Bertuzzi’s lack of output would be a major topic of discussion. Yet the offensive struggles barely register in Anaheim as he’s merely been one of many contributors of a veteran-laden team that’s on the verge of clinching a playoff spot for the third consecutive season.

After seven-plus polarizing seasons with the Canucks, Bertuzzi is glad to not be the center of attention.

“You’ve got a lot of real good guys in this room,” Bertuzzi said. “It makes coming down to the rink pretty enjoyable when you’ve got an atmosphere like that. A pretty easy team to fit into and find your niche.

“At this time of my career, it’s a perfect situation for me to be in. Right now, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

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Who Said What

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

The Vancouver Canucks’ general manager has put another twist to the Todd Bertuzzi-Steve Moore debacle, suggesting in court documents released today that Moore was not specifically targeted for revenge by then-Canucks coach Marc Crawford.

In an Aug. 23 depostion, Vancouver Canucks general manger Dave Nonis told lawyers: “I have heard that Crawford pointed to a number of players and said that they must—‘... they got to pay the price tonight.’

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Protecting His Assets

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

Mere weeks after he broke Steve Moore’s neck and ended his career in a vicious on-ice attack, NHL star Todd Bertuzzi transferred the ownership of his million-dollar home in Kitchener to his wife Julie, a move Moore’s lawyers say in court documents was designed to “make Bertuzzi creditor-proof to the greatest extent possible.”

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