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The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - March 25th, 2014

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Former Vancouver Canucks owner will need to testify in the Moore-Bertuzzi case, the former owner did not want to testify.

The former owner of the Vancouver Canucks will have to testify live via video conferencing about the infamous on-ice attack from behind that ended the pro career of rookie hockey player Steve Moore a decade ago, an Ontario court decided on Monday.

In his 23-page decision, Master Ronald Dash ruled John McCaw Jr. has relevant evidence to offer when Moore’s lawsuit gets to trial, slated to start in September.

“(McCaw) was the person at the top of the organization and ultimately responsible for the actions of management and for either setting the corporate culture of the organization or delegating the responsibility to others,” Dash wrote.

Faulk has been signed to a six year extension.

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed defenceman Justin Faulk to a six-year contract extension worth $29 million.

Under terms announced Monday, Faulk will make $2.5 million next season and his salary will escalate to $6-million in each of the final two seasons of the deal in 2018-19 and 2019-20.

The 30 Thoughts are, as usual, interesting.

7. The QMJHL is trying everything it can to convince Jack Eichel its league is the best place for an elite talent to prepare for the NHL. Eichel -- who will likely be one of the the top picks in the 2015 draft with Connor McDavid -- is scheduled to attend Boston University in the fall. His Canadian rights are held by Saint John, which, understandably, would love to have him.

8. It sounds like the NCAA is confident Eichel will stay in the US, but it will be made clear to him -- if it hasn't already -- that if he does not want to go to that particular organization, he will be traded to any other team in the Quebec League he desires. One possibility is the Remparts, who own the rights to another member of the Under-17 team, defenceman Noah Hanifin, a friend of Eichel's. (Hanifin's American choice is Boston College.) This is a big deal, especially since the QMJHL has had trouble recruiting kids from Massachusetts, which is its territory for Canadian rights. The lure of the local schools and playing in the Beanpot tournament is a powerful one for these boys. A commitment from Eichel would be a game-changer.

And a Cupcake from Cheryl about women in hockey.

With the Sochi Olympics behind us, the hype of many sports not typically covered by mainstream media will begin to fade away.

Once on the Olympic chopping block, women’s hockey received much support in Sochi, but with the Games over, the real challenge begins for a sport looking for more opportunities, and more exposure for hockey’s top female players.

Immediately following the Olympics, goaltenders Noora Raty and Shannon Szabados signed professional contracts with a men’s second tier team in Finland, and Southern Professional Hockey League respectively. Although the moves are both positive steps for the sport, unless you’re a goaltender, the options are limited for many players following their minor hockey eligibility, and local athletes would like to see their game reach a new level with more opportunities available.