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Report: Steve Moore’s civil case against Todd Bertuzzi has court date set in 2012


One of the ugliest incidents in modern NHL history will finally see the light of day in civil court.

The March 8, 2004 on-ice assault of former Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore by then Vancouver Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi that resulted in a broken neck and severe concussion for Moore and an indefinite suspension of Bertuzzi finally has a court date set. Moore is suing Bertuzzi for the injuries suffered when Bertuzzi jumped Moore from behind, driving his head into the ice.

According to CBC, Moore and Bertuzzi will head to court in the fall of 2012 for their civil trial whether Bertuzzi is still playing in the NHL or not.

The target date for the Ontario Superior Court case is Sept. 24, 2012 if Bertuzzi is still an active player, and Oct. 22 if not, according to court documents viewed by CBC.

Court-ordered mediation between the sides has failed to lead to a settlement.

The case will feature Steve Moore and his parents as the plaintiffs and Bertuzzi along with the Canucks former owners, Orca Bay, as the defendants. Back in 2005, criminal charges were filed against Bertuzzi which led to a guilty plea and a one-year suspended sentence as well as 80 hours of community service.

Moore, meanwhile, has not played a game of hockey since the incident while Bertuzzi’s career has continued on. Bertuzzi starts his 16th NHL season this year as a member of the Detroit Red Wings. While it’s been seven years since the incident, Moore as recently as this past March talked about how he’s still feeling effects from the attack.

You’d have to think with testimonials like that, as well as Bertuzzi’s guilty plea, if and when this case gets to trial that Bertuzzi and Orca Bay could be looking at a very rough go of things in court.

Vigneault: ‘After three losses in a row, I think we’ve got everybody’s attention’

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Alain Vigneault has maintained for much of the season that the New York Rangers needed to play better.

The head coach said it a week ago, after the Blueshirts had beaten the Predators, 3-0, despite getting outshot, 31-19.

He’d said it a couple of weeks before that, after they’d beaten the Hurricanes in very similar fashion. (Final score: 3-0. Shots: 33-23 for Carolina.)

But as long as the Rangers kept winning, it was tough, according to Vigneault, to get the message across.

“Sometimes, the results might be going your way, so when you’re pointing out certain things, it might be a little bit more challenging for them to understand because the results are so positive,” Vigneault said, per the New York Post.

“But after three losses in a row, I think we’ve got everybody’s attention.”

Derek Stepan‘s injury — he’ll miss 4-6 weeks with broken ribs — has no doubt captured their attention as well. (Oscar Lindberg will center Chris Kreider and Jesper Fast tonight at home to Carolina.)

The Rangers also play Wednesday, in Brooklyn against the Islanders (on NBCSN).

Benn, Holtby and Galchenyuk are NHL’s three stars of the week

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Stars winger Jamie Benn, Capitals goalie Braden Holtby and Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk have been named the NHL’s three stars for the past week.


Benn shared the League lead in goals (4) and points (6) as the Stars (19-5-0, 38 points) won two of three games to continue their best start to a season in the franchise’s 48-year history.

Holtby posted a 4-0-0 record with a 1.75 goals-against average, .945 save percentage and one shutout to backstop the Capitals (17-5-1, 35 points) to the top of the Metropolitan Division standings.

Galchenyuk tied for first in the NHL with four goals and added one assist to help the Canadiens (18-4-3, 39 points) earn five of a possible six points and reclaim first place in the League standings.

As much as the injuries to Carey Price and Brendan Gallagher have been frustrating for the Canadiens, those are short-term issues that should be forgotten soon enough. Galchenyuk’s play, in contrast, is reason for long-term optimism. The 21-year-old is trending towards becoming the elite No. 1 center the Habs have needed so badly. He’s not there yet, but when’s all said and done, he could turn out to be the best forward (or player, period) taken in the 2012 draft.

Stepan to miss 4-6 weeks with broken ribs


Derek Stepan is out 4-6 weeks with broken ribs, the New York Rangers announced today.

Stepan was hurt Friday on a controversial hit by Boston’s Matt Beleskey. The Bruins’ forward did not receive any supplemental discipline for the check, despite admitting it was “maybe…a little bit late.”

At any rate it’s a big loss for the Rangers, who suddenly find themselves on a three-game losing streak. Considering the timeline, New York could be without one of its top centers for 12-18 games, give or take.

The Rangers host Carolina tonight.

Related: Yep, Alain Vigneault went there — ‘I remember Aaron Rome in this building’

Price to miss minimum six weeks, so no Winter Classic for him

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Carey Price will miss a minimum of six weeks with a lower-body injury, the Montreal Canadiens announced today.

That means Price will miss the Winter Classic against the Bruins on New Year’s Day. The 28-year-old goalie has only appeared in 12 games this season.

On the bright side, the reigning Hart Trophy winner will not require surgery. And considering the Habs have already built up a 13-point playoff cushion in the standings, well, if something like this were going to happen during the season, now is as good a time as any.

Related: The latest on Price’s injury