Friday, September 26, 2008

Bertuzzi Incident Still Haunts Naslund

Back in 2004, when Todd Bertuzzi ended Steve Moore's career with a disgraceful sucker-punch from behind. It was Markus Naslund that he was sticking up for. Reports out of Vancouver have suggested that Naslund was shaken by this incident and was the reason for his decline in play. Naslund has this to say...

"It still bothers me what Todd has had to go through over this and the way it's dragged on and on over the years," said Naslund to Tony Gallagher at the Vancouver Province. "I still keep in close contact with him and it's been tough on him. It's taken its toll. There's no question he was standing up for me and for his teammates when it happened and it all went too far. All of the circumstances around it went the wrong way and got out of hand. It's been a long road and he's been through a lot. I feel bad for him and the way it's worked out for everyone involved."

...i'm sure the incident had an affect on Naslund, but I think the fact that Naslund didn't have Bertuzzi's size and ability in the line-up had more of an affect on his game.


Anonymous said...

Huh? I don't understand your blueshirt blue commentary. Do explain.

NYRFan said...

I meant that the absense of Bertuzzi (being traded) probably had more of an effect on Naslund's decline in scoring then the event weighing on his mind. Sorry of that wasn't clear.