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Moore's trial set to begin in January

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--Former Avalanche forward Steve Moore will finally get his day in court beginning Jan. 28, 2013 in Ontario Superior Court. Moore is seeking $38 million in a lawsuit against the Vancouver Canucks and former Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi, who now plays for the Detroit Red Wings. Moore was playing for the Avalanche in Vancouver on March 8, 2004 when he was attacked from behind by Bertuzzi. Moore sustained three fractured vertebrae and a concussion, and he never played again. Selection of a six-member jury is scheduled to start Jan. 28. Lawyers expect the trial to last between eight and 12 weeks.

--The Avalanche announced that it has entered into an affiliation agreement with the Denver Cutthroats, a Central Hockey League expansion team that will begin play in October. The Cutthroats will play in the Denver Coliseum, not far from the Pepsi Center, home of the Avalanche. The Avalanche's top affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League, is based in Cleveland. The Avalanche will have the option of assigning players and prospects to the Cutthroats or promoting Cutthroats players to its AHL and NHL teams.

"Once you get in the playoffs, it's the old saying, anything can happen. We're going to do everything we can to make sure we're in the top eight." -- Avalanche defenseman Shane O'Brien. Colorado has missed the playoffs the last two years and three of the last four seasons.

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