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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman meets with lawyers for Moore, Bertuzzi

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman meets with lawyers for Moore, Bertuzzi

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What wasn't clear is whether any ground was made in the hopes of agreeing to an out-of-court settlement in the C$19.5-million civil suit filed by the former Colorado Avalanche forward. The NHL had no comment Monday.

"I am not at liberty to say anything on the subject. That's all I can tell you right now," Moore's lawyer Tim Danson told The Canadian Press when reached Monday on his cellphone.

Asked whether he would talk about the meeting at some point this week, he answered: "Maybe later. I'm certainly happy to talk about the case but I can't talk about what's been rumoured about today."

Moore is seeking $15 million in lost wages, $1 million in aggravated damages and another $2 million in punitive damages from Bertuzzi in a lawsuit filed in Ontario in February. The suit also names Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment, the parent company of the Vancouver Canucks, along with the NHL team.

Moore's parents are also claiming $1.5 million in damages for "the nervous shock and mental distress" caused by the attack.

Representatives of the Canucks were also believed to be at the meeting Monday.

The lawsuit stems from a March 8, 2004 incident in Vancouver when Bertuzzi was still a member of the Canucks. During the third period of the game Bertuzzi grabbed Moore from behind, punched him in the head and drove his head into the ice. Moore suffered three fractured vertebrae in his neck, a concussion and other injuries.

He has not played hockey since.

Replays of the attack where shown on television across North America.

The hit followed a Feb. 16 game in Colorado where Moore delivered a hit to Vancouver's Markus Naslund that left the Canucks captain with a concussion. No penalty was called on the play.

The NHL gave Bertuzzi a 17-month suspension for the Moore hit. He gave up about US$502,000 in salary, and missed 13 regular-season games and the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2004. He also was prevented from playing hockey overseas during the lockout season.

Authorities charged Bertuzzi with assault. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation and community service.

Bertuzzi was traded to the Florida Panthers this spring in a blockbuster deal that brought goaltender Roberto Luongo to Vancouver.

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman meets with lawyers for Moore, Bertuzzi