Lawyers for Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore are negotiating terms of a confidentiality agreement, a week after Bertuzzi's legal representative said the two sides reached a settlement.
Since lawyer Geoff Adair confirmed a week ago to TSN that a settlement was reached, avoiding a trial that would have been a public relations disaster for the NHL, Moore's lawyer Tim Danson has declined to comment on the case, raising questions about whether Adair spoke too soon.
Those concerns appeared to be justified after Mark Moore, Steve's brother, told TSN that there was no final settlement.
After those comments, Adair said Steve Moore's brother didn't know what he was talking about. The Vancouver Canucks, Bertuzzi's former team, also released a statement saying a settlement was reached.
Adair told TSN that terms of a settlement have been reached and that Danson is negotiating over terms of a confidentiality pact. But even if there are any objections, those would be settled by an arbitrator, Adair said.
Moore is free to discuss Bertuzzi's assault, and its impact on him over the past decade, Adair said.
"The only thing he cannot disclose are terms of the settlement, "Adair said. "And he cannot disparage Todd."
Adair said that while the case remains on the docket at Ontario Superior Court, scheduled for trial on Sept. 8, that will change after the terms of the confidentiality agreement are reached.
Adair said that should happen this week.
Danson couldn't be reached for comment.