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Though Todd Bertuzzi pled guilty to assault and received probation for his attack on Steve Moore, hockey violence will now avoid going on public trial. Photo:

Though Todd Bertuzzi pled guilty to assault and received probation for his attack on Steve Moore, hockey violence will now avoid going on public trial.

An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:

• This just in: According to Steve Moore's brother, reports of an out-of-court settlement in the former Avalanche forward's lawsuit against Todd Bertuzzi were wildly premature and their may have been an ulterior motive.​

• Reaction from around the league to the reported settlement has been decidedly mixed. Steve Simmons says that while Moore may finally have financial security, he was denied true justice by not having his day in court.

• Gary Mason writes that the settlement leaves the issue of violence in the NHL unresolved.

• Ben Kuzma says the avoidance of a trial means we'll never know exactly what role former Vancouver Canucks coach Marc Crawford played in the assault.

• Iain Macinytre writes that the only person unluckier than Moore in this incident is Bertuzzi himself.

• George Malik says Bertuzzi is not a monster, but it's only right that he give up a significant amount of money to atone for his sin.

• And finally, Bob Duff says that sound you heard was the NHL emitting a huge sigh of relief that the culture of violence would not be put on trial, and he reminds us about the last time that it was.

• Despite skepticism from some corners of Islanders fandom, Mark Herrmann says the new owners can't help but be better than what the team has had in the past. With no real estate, arena or lease issues to distract them, they can focus their attention on hockey.

• Just when you start to wonder if Islanders draft pick Josh Ho-Sang is going to be worth the hassle, he does something like this. What a beauty this kid is.

• As the Kevin Hayes Watch stretches into its fifth day there's word that the Avalanche and Rangers are the two teams remaining in the running for the services of the coveted college free agent.

• It hasn't taken Brendan Shanahan long to make his mark in Toronto. Almost overnight, the Maple Leafs' management group has been transformed from one of the league’s stodgiest to one of its most progressive, analytically focused front offices. And they've done it by hiring some of their harshest critics. Amazing.

• Alexei Kovalev was a bit off-base in his scathing criticism of P.K. Subban. Andrew Berkshire shows him just how far.

• The boys over at The Russian Machine Never Breaks want to build a better, faster, smarter version of the now defunct ExtraSkater site. And they need your help.

• Absent the influx of veteran talent that failed to arrive via free agency, the Red Wings will look to their kids to keep their playoff streak alive.

• If he makes the big club out of camp, Anthony Mantha would become the first teenager to play for Detroit in 15 years.

• Does the evolving role of captain make Erik Karlsson the right man for the job in Ottawa?

• John Davidson was expected to change the culture and reboot the organization in St. Louis when he was president of the Blues. His experience now defines his approach to the same job in Columbus.

• Check out Eddie Lack's sweet new pillows.

• This may be the greatest mask ever designed for a goalie you've never heard of. Awesome.

• He was the first goalie with Multiple Sclerosis to play in the NHL. And now he has a new job with the Calgary Flames.

• Not every hockey player makes enough in season to spend his summer hanging out with Magic Johnson in Monaco or lounging at the cottage in Muskoka. Here's what a few CHL stalwarts had to do this summer to keep their lights on.

• Looking forward to the release of EA Sports' NHL 15? Your enthusiasm might be curbed when you hear about this. Or maybe not.

• And finally, Bulgarians are my new favorite people on the planet.

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