Canucks: Bertuzzi deal with Moore reached

Rick Westhead, TSN Senior Correspondent
8/20/2014 5:52:45 PM
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The Vancouver Canucks say that a settlement has been reached in the lawsuit filed by Steve Moore against the team and Todd Bertuzzi, hours after Moore's brother Mark told TSN that no deal had been reached.

"Canucks Sports & Entertainment confirms that a mutually agreeable and confidential settlement of the action commenced by Steve Moore against Todd Bertuzzi and the Vancouver Canucks has been reached," the Canucks said in a statement. "The settlement is a result of mediation sessions with former Ontario Chief Justice Warren Winkler. No further details will be disclosed and the Canucks respectfully decline requests for comment."

Earlier Wednesday, Mark Moore said there was no deal between Steve and Bertuzzi.

"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...." 

Todd Bertuzzi Vancouver Canucks (Photo: Garrett Ellwood/NHLImages)


(Photo: Garrett Ellwood/NHLImages)

Bertuzzi-Moore Timeline:

February 16, 2004

Vancouver Canucks captain Markus Naslund suffers a concussion after a hit from Steve Moore of the Colorado Avalanche. Though Moore is not penalized, the Canucks say it was a cheap shot and there is talk of payback.

March 8, 2004

Moore suffers three fractured vertebrae in his neck and head injuries when attacked from behind by Todd Bertuzzi of the Vancouver Canucks during a game in Vancouver. The incident effectively ends Moore's NHL career.

March 10, 2004

Bertuzzi breaks down in tears during a public apology to Moore. Bertuzzi is later suspended by the NHL for 17 months, much of the suspension coming during the 2004-05 NHL lockout.

December 21, 2004

In a B.C. court, Bertuzzi pleads guilty to assault causing bodily harm. He is given a conditional discharge, one-year probation and 80 hours of community service.

February 14, 2006

Lawyers for Steve Moore file a civil lawsuit against Bertuzzi and Canuck owners Orca Bay. The settlement being sought by Moore is reported to be $38 million for lost income both as an NHL player and in his post-NHL career.

February 1, 2008

Moore amends his statement of claim to say that Orca Bay was directly liable because they were aware there was a "bounty" on Moore's head but failed to take measures to prevent violence against him. Orca Bay responds by denying there was any "bounty" and that Bertuzzi acted on his own.

March 3, 2008

Bertuzzi issues a third party claim against former Canucks coach Marc Crawford, pleading that it was "a term of his employment" that he take direction from Crawford, and that Crawford had urged his players to make Moore "pay the price." Crawford and Orca Bay later file a counter claim against Bertuzzi.

July 13, 2011

Bertuzzi, Orca Bay and Crawford reach an agreement to drop the third party actions and agree to jointly cover any monetary award that Moore might win as a result of the trial. When word of the private deal reaches Moore's lawyers, the trial, which was scheduled to start in Toronto on October 27, 2012 is pushed back. A new trial date is set for September 8, 2014.

July 2, 2014

In a court hearing in Toronto, Moore's lawyers increase his damages claim to $68 million.

August 19, 2014

Bertuzzi's lawyer, Geoff Adair, confirms that a "firm and binding settlement" has been reached in the lawsuit.

August 20, 2014

Steve Moore's brother Mark tells TSN there is no deal between Steve and Bertuzzi, casting doubt on claims made Wednesday by the NHL and Bertuzzi's lawyers that a settlement had been reached.

Canucks Sports & Entertainment release a statement confirming that a "mutually agreeable and confidential settlement" has been reached.

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