Marcus Naslund Still Haunted by the Todd Bertuzzi Incident

Kevin DeLuryCorrespondent ISeptember 26, 2008

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 lineup had more of an affect on his game.