Dud For Life: Part III – The Trial of Bertuzzi v. Moore

Steve Moore Bertuzzi

So the incident we-all-know-so-well happened on March of 2004. Yes, that’s three and a half years ago, yet us hockey fans still have to suffer through the never-ending trial news that tends to pop up every few weeks.

Honestly, we get it. 

Todd Bertuzzi did something wrong and Steve Moore hasn’t stopped crying. But the real crime is the lack of settlement or end, which has resulted in more and more news stories that bore fans half to death. 

You would think that we would stop hearing about this court case after a year, but due to the lack of priority, or a slow legal system, the fight for money is still ongoing. And that’s basically what this has all come down to. Money.

Moore wants more because he can’t play hockey again, and is starting to show the world that he’s a selfish prick. His desire for playing hockey obviously isn’t as strong as his fellow athletes. Eric Cole of the Carolina Hurricanes came back from a “broken freaking neck” (quote courtesy of Kurt Angle) a couple years ago to play the remaining few games of his team’s season. We didn’t hear him crying for sympathy. Yes, what Bertuzzi did was wrong, and a disgrace to the game, but at least he’s moved on.

Since the punch, Big Bert has played for Vancouver, Florida, Detroit, and now Anaheim. He served his suspension, fought through his own injuries, and has accepted his disgusting actions. He even offered an apology to Moore, who refused to accept it.

Today, more news came out of this trial. Moore’s lawyers claimed that Bertuzzi’s transfer of home ownership to his wife was “fraudulent conveyance”. Wah wah wah. Money money money.

Don’t waste our time with this hissy fit battle. Finalize this trial already and stop clogging up more worthy headlines like Willie Mitchell’s one game goal scoring streak.

I rather read about that. 

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Dud For Life: Part II – Jesse Boulerice

Boulerice check KeslerBy now, this should be a no brainer.

During Wednesday’s game between the Flyers and the Canucks, Philadelphia tough guy Boulerice deliberately cross-checked Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler in the face.

The 29-year-old enforcer was given a match penalty and a game misconduct, which means he faces an automatic review by the NHL. There is no doubt that Boulerice will receive a suspension, and it should be a lengthy one.

I didn’t see him coming and he just took my head off,” said Kesler. “I think he has a reputation of doing that, so we’ll see what happens.

The Vancouver forward was lucky to have only suffered swelling on his lips and jaw, which has subsided, and he is scheduled to play Friday. It was definitely not a pretty incident.

Fool Factor: Boulerice did everything the league was trying to prevent. Not long after teammate Steve Downie made headlines with his infamous hit and suspension, Boulerice does one step worse. A stick infraction to the head is not his first one either, as he nearly ended the life of a fellow OHL opponent a decade ago.

Boulerice has been in this situation before, so in other words he’s a repeat offender, and there should be no hesitation by the league disciplinary to send an even bigger message to players. This Flyer crossed the line big time, and he should serve big time for his actions.

Dud For Life: Part I – Mark Bell

Mark BellNews coming out of NHL head office Tuesday was that Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mark Bell was reinstated. However, he still has to serve his suspension before playing.

According to Sportsnet, he was “suspended indefinitely Sept. 4 and placed into Stage 2 of the league’s substance abuse program. He had been in Stage 1 of the program since September 2006, when he was arrested on drunk driving and hit and run charges in California.

Bell was arrested after he drove drunk earlier this year and rear-ended a pickup in California. He pleaded no-contest and is going to spend six months in a California jail at the end of the season.

The 27-year-old was handed a 15 game suspension by the NHL.

Fool Factor: The NFL, NBA, and MLB all have their own scandals that degrade their leagues, the NHL does not need foolish acts, such as this, to bring down this sport. The hockey image should not be darken by outside, non-game incidents, and when something like this happens, the NHL should distance itself from it as fast as possible.

Sure, Bell deserves a second chance, but who cares? Toronto doesn’t, they only acquired him as a throw-in from the Vesa Toskala trade. Throw the book at him, NHL. Don’t let him come back into this league, until he takes care of his own problems.