Monday, February 21, 2005

Took the words right outta my mouth

Good Call, Markus:

The Canucks captain told the Vancouver Sun that the lawsuit against Todd Bertuzzi and others is a money grab by a player who simply isnt good enough to make a living in the NHL.

"He's suing everyone so he can make money," Naslund told the Vancouver Sun from Sweden. "I've got no respect for him at all.

"Even talking to his teammates, it seems evident he doesn't have a lot of support in hockey."

I have to agree.

Update 7:05pm- I was watching "Prime Time Sports with Bob McGowan" on Sportsnet earlier. They talked about how wrong it was for Markus to call it a cash-grab, and for beinging in Moore's former Avalanche teammates into it. Quite frankly, Markus is just calling a spade a spade. Moore is an easily replaceable fourth liner, and in all likelyhood would not have been offered a new contract from Colorado (healthy or not). I don't think he even qualifies for financial compensation from the union. One the of the guys on the show, I think his name is Gordon Brunt, suggested that Steve Moore merely wants "his day in court". The debate then revolved around why Moore would want such a thing, with the obvious answer: to get money!
And as far as chiding Naslund for mentioning Moore's former teammates, I don't hear Sakic, Hejduk, Forsberg, Blake, Damphousse, Konowalchuk, Laperriere, Skrastins, Sauer, or Hinote speaking out on his behalf. Not even the veritable Bobby Boughner has expressed his support for Moore, let alone Peter Worrell!
If Steve Moore's intentions were even remotely honourable, he'd drop this stupid lawsuit, sign a book deal and write an autobiography. Hell, even I'd support him in that.

Update 7:05 pm, Tuesday Feb 22: Corrections: it is Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown, and it was Steven Brunt, not Gordon Brunt as suggested.