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Moore’s lawyer wants to know why Bertuzzi dropped case against Crawford


Earlier this month, Todd Bertuzzi dropped a lawsuit against his former coach, Marc Crawford — a lawsuit that alleged Crawford had encouraged Bertuzzi to seek retribution against Colorado forward Steve Moore nearly eight years ago.

Now Moore’s legal team wants to know why the lawsuit was dropped.

We all remember what happened on Mar. 8, 2004, during a game between Vancouver and the Colorado Avalanche. Moore hasn’t played since and is suing Bertuzzi and the company that owns the Canucks for $38 million in a case that’s expected to start in September or October.

Today, Moore’s lawyer, Tim Danson, argued in a Toronto court that the dropping of the lawsuit may indicate a conspiracy against his client.

“This agreement . . . is the (hockey) code in action,” Danson told Superior Court Master Ronald Dash, as reported by Postmedia. “It’s making sure that those on that side are making a united front against Mr. Moore.”

I’m no law-talking guy, but I don’t blame Danson for being suspicious. I’d want to know why the lawsuit was dropped, too. Was it because Bertuzzi’s legal team concluded the suit had no merit? Or was it to curry favor with Crawford before he testified on what happened that day?

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

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With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?