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“I was only following orders!”

According to court documents, the contract on Steve Moore, leading to Todd Bertuzzi’s near homicide, was put out by fellow scumbag Marc Crawford, backing up what many had long assumed. I don’t think this provides the slightest exoneration for Bertuzzi — he wasn’t told to sucker-punch Moore in the head, and a player could even have chosen to interpret Crawford as ordering a hard but clean and legal hit (such as, say, Moore’s hit on Naslund.) But it’s clear that the disgraceful circus was also created in large measure by Crawford.

Elsewhere, the charity created by the wives of the Ottawa Senators is donating a third of its proceeds to “crisis pregnancy” centers. As Stacey May points out, fans who purchase charity raffle tickets (I’ve certainly contributed to similar things) reasonably expect their money to go to innocuous charities, not to organizations distributing forced pregnancy propaganda. No wonder the Senators have lost seven straight!

“See You On The Links, Marc!”

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  • Gawd I hate Marc Crawford. Hate, hate, hate. Every time I’m watching a game and I see his ugly face (for years, and years, and years), I tell the television screen how much I hate Marc Crawford.

  • This is absolutely fucking ridiculous. Full disclosure, I’m a Kings fan, but I’m not in love with Marc Crawford. If they canned him today, I’d be perfectly happy.
    But I’m sorry, there is a huge difference between saying “Moore must pay the price” and saying “Go out and punch him from behind, then jump on him and break his neck.” Christ, the other night I was telling my dad that Ryan Smyth needed to pay the price after he speared Jason LaBarbera, knocking him out of that game and a few more. That’s a far cry from saying someone needs to end his career. And I still think Smyth needs to be punished for that. Unfortunately, this Moore fiasco may have deterred Crawford from asking someone to administer some justice (It doesn’t help that the Kings have no one with any heart willing to take matters into his own hands – Oh how we miss Adam Deadmarsh).
    I’m no expert on the Canadian legal system, but if this was in the states, my reaction would be that this is a) Moore’s lawyer looking for someone else to sue, and b) Bertuzzi looking to lay blame on someone else for what was his responsibility.

  • Seitz–as I said, the responsibility for the incident is Bertuzzi’s. There’s no question. But it was the culmination of a series of attacks on Moore (that they waited until their home building to inflict!), and Crawford bears substantial responsibility for creating that atmosphere in the first place.

  • HockeyHunter

    Scott, I believe your retelling of events to be slightly misleading.
    There was a large buildup to the next meeting of division leading rivals. Moore knew what was in store for him and knowing hockey’s vigilante streak if he really didn’t want to fight, he should have scratched himself in Vancouver. I also believe that his attempt at Naslund as trying to injure the Canucks Captain and top player. Imagine if Polomalu tries to hurt Tom Brady to knock him out for the rest of the season. should the pats and steelers meet up in the playoffs, Troy would & should expect retribution.

  • djw

    if he really didn’t want to fight, he should have scratched himself in Vancouver.
    The particular contours of hockey’s norms and practices of retributive violence are strange and foreign to me, but isn’t this a ridiculous thing to say? Do hockey players ever actually do this–sit out games for fear of violent and dangerous retributive attacks by opposing players? Bizarre.

  • Moreover, Moore had already fought. The Canucks seemed to be operating on the norm that norms entitled you to fight somebody until you won (apparently even if this included hitting someone who was defenseless), which is ridiculous. One can argue that one ordinary fight is the risk that Moore assumes by playing professional hockey; what the Canucks did went far beyond that.

  • witless chum

    I’m really glad the stain of Bertuzzi is off the Red Wings. Signing him last year made it hard to root for my favorite team.
    For a hockey feud properly handled, Detroit vs. the odious Crawford’s Colorado Avalanche in the 90s is pretty much the way to do it.

  • McKingford

    Others have noted the bizarre norms of retributive violence in hockey. Which makes the claims by the NHL that they were shocked – Shocked! by Bertuzzi’s actions so ridiculous.
    The only thing the Canucks and NHL were shocked about was the end result (ie. the broken neck); Bertuzzi was “punished” for the consequences of his actions, not the actions themselves. Until the league actually goes after these absurd “norms” that justify retaliatory actions (for a legal hit!), they will continue to wallow in hypocrisy.

  • For a hockey feud properly handled, Detroit vs. the odious Crawford’s Colorado Avalanche in the 90s is pretty much the way to do it.
    I remember one of those Game 7s in which Crawford went crazy at the end; I was rotting for the Avs but liked the look on Bowman’s face there.

  • McKingford

    For a hockey feud properly handled, Detroit vs. the odious Crawford’s Colorado Avalanche in the 90s is pretty much the way to do it.
    Hey, I’m a Wings fan, so it is de rigeur to applaud McCarty for his pummeling of a turtling Claude Lemieux (actually, I think this beating got universal praise, even from non-Wings fans).
    But it also shows me to be a hypocrite. If instead of doling out a bloody nose, McCarty had broken Lemieux’s neck, everyone who applauded this retribution would have expressed their shock – Shock! – at the thuggery of McCarty.
    [that said, the NHL here has to shoulder a good portion of the blame – and I’m looking squarely at you here, Brian Burke – because the 2 (!) game suspension to Lemieux was inadequate on a monumental scale, and invited further response from the Wings].

  • I used to love Claude Lemieux. There’s a great story about him lining up against Cam Neely in the playoffs one year right after Neely made his cameo in Dumb and Dumber. The whole series, whenever they would line up opposite one another, Lemieux would ask Neely which one he played, dumb or dumber. Just thinking him saying that in that Quebec accent makes me crack up.
    And while I’m thinking about it, thumbs up to the league for finally fixing the schedule. The Kings have played Ottawa twice in the last six years, and both games have been full of brawls. It’s one of those quirky “no one expects it to be a rivalry” rivalry, but they never play each other about 2:25 into this video is why Deadmarsh, despite on 100 games in LA, will always be hero to Kings fans.

  • MJN

    I remember one of those Game 7s in which Crawford went crazy at the end;
    IIRC, Bowman was later asked what he’d finally said to get Crawford to shut up. His reply was something along the lines of “I don’t think your father would be very proud of how you’re behaving.”

  • Linnaeus

    I still despise The Team Formerly Known As The Quebec Nordiques Because We Couldn’t Support Our Own Franchise That Wasn’t Already Stacked With Talent, Therefore We Had To Send It To New Jersey, but the absence of Marc Crawford has tempered my enmity somewhat.

  • witless chum

    “But it also shows me to be a hypocrite. If instead of doling out a bloody nose, McCarty had broken Lemieux’s neck, everyone who applauded this retribution would have expressed their shock – Shock! – at the thuggery of McCarty.”
    I think McCarty gets credit for starting to hit him from the front, unlike Bertuzzi, but as you say.
    The other point of the Wings/Avalanche was that it mostly one game where they exacted revenge on Lemieux and then just played hockey. I don’t know if the brawl game was even planned as the Wings didn’t dress Joey Kocur for it.

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