March 28 2008 03:15PM
I know this isn't about the Oil, but it has relevance for all NHL players.
Todd Bertuzzi is trying to implicate his former coach Marc Crawford in the brutal sucker punch that ended Steve Moore's hockey career. According to this article from Global National, Bertuzzi's alleging that Crawford instructed Canucks players to dish out some payback on Moore for knocking out Markus Naslund.
From the article:
"'It’s unreasonable understanding of any contract, even for a professional hockey player to say that it binds you to go out and intentionally injure someone,' he said. 'Hockey has a lot of opportunity inside and outside the boundaries of the game to do something that exposes someone to a risk of injury. I don’t think it’s unreasonable that direction given by Crawford meant to engage Moore in a fight. It’s a stretch to say that Crawford’s directions meant to intentionally injure Moore.'"
I think Bertuzzi's a bit out to lunch if he's trying to implicate Crawford. Maybe he should admit that what he did was one of the douchey-est moves in hockey, and leave Crawford out of it. Unless Crawford actually told his players to "end Moore's career," I think it's a bit of a stretch to blame him.