By Drew Spevak
Avalanche/ NHL Reporter
It took over ten years since that fateful night in Vancouver, but it appears that the Todd Bertuzzi-Steve Moore drama has finally come to a close with today's announcement that the two sides have agreed on an out of court settlement.
The two sides were supposed to meet in civil court next month to finally conclude the drawn out situation, and while the financial terms have not been disclosed it is believed that Moore was looking for $68 million in damages stemming from the 2004 incident.
Moore suffered a concussion and three fractured vertebrae in the wake of the attack, and hasn’t played hockey since, while Bertuzzi has earned over $47 million in his NHL career according to capgeek.com.
The settlement is likely the best case scenario for all parties involved given that several NHL executives, players and even commisioner Gary Bettman would probably have to testify and that could have aired a lot of dirty laundry that didn't need to be shared to the public.
Drew Spevak covers the Colorado Avalanche and the NHL for ESPNDenver.com. Follow him on Twitter @DrewSpevak.
|Ryan O'Reilly #90 of the Colorado Avalanche warms up prior to facing the Nashville Predators at Pepsi Center on October 4|
According to Adrian Dater of the Denver Post, the two sides were just outside the conference room where the arbitration was set to commence in Toronto when both sides agreed to the deal, avoiding what could have been an awkward and contensious situation.
The deal will pay O'Reilly $5.8 million this coming season, and $6.2 million in 2015-16 which puts the teams best left winger on par with Matt Duchene for the top salary on the team.
"We are pleased to have Ryan under contract," said Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic. " We are looking at the upcoming training campwith a lot of excitement."
The Avalanche have said that they will continue to work toward a long term deal with the 23-year-old Lady Byng Trophy winner, however O'Reilly is set to become an unrestricted free agent once this new deal expires, leaving the Avalanche with a limited time to get a long deal struck before he hits the open market.
With O'Reilly's new deal, it puts the Avalanche with a little less than $3 million to sign another restricted in free agent in Tyson Barrie.
Drew Spevak covers the Colorado Avalanche for ESPNDenver.com. Follow him on Twitter @DrewSpevak.