August 19, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Report: Settlement reached in Steve Moore's $38M lawsuit against Todd Bertuzzi

Detroit — Lawyers for Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore have reached a financial settlement in Moore's suit against Bertuzzi and the Vancouver Canucks, Bertuzzi’s lawyer confirmed to the Associated Press on Tuesday.

Bertuzzi, 39, an unrestricted free agent who isn't expected to return to the Red Wings, ended Moore's career on March 8, 2004, with a sucker punch from behind.

Moore's $38 million lawsuit was scheduled to begin Sept. 8.

The Bertuzzi-Moore incident stemmed from Moore hitting Bertuzzi’s Vancouver teammate Markus Naslund earlier in the 2004 season with Naslund sustaining a concussion.

Nothing occurred between the teams in their next game. But during the March 8 game, Moore fought Vancouver's Matt Cooke in the first period, then was challenged by Bertuzzi in the third period.

After Moore turned away, Bertuzzi skated behind Moore, tugged on Moore's jersey, then punched him from behind and fell on top of Moore while other players joined in the fracas.

Moore, now 35, suffered a concussion and three fractured vertebrae. He never played again.

Bertuzzi was suspended for the remainder of that season and playoffs and didn't play during the 2004-05 lockout season — finally being reinstated for the 2005-06 season.

Todd Bertuzzi is not expected to return to the Red Wings next season. / David Guralnick / Detroit News