Bertuzzi Inks Two Year Extension
Todd Bertuzzi is set on retiring as a Red Wing, and he wants to exit stage left with a Stanley Cup ring.
Bertuzzi signed a two year extension with a yearly cap hit of $2.075 million, a deal that will most likely take him to the end of his career. Bertuzzi, 37, has 12 goals and 17 assists this season playing on a line with Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen.
Bertuzzi is 6'3 and has transformed his game with Detroit. He was a 50 goal scorer in Vancouver playing with Markus Naslund and Brendan Morrison, but after the infamous Steve Moore incident, Bertuzzi wasn't the same player. Legal issues still follow him and injuries plagued him throughout the 2007 season.
Bertuzzi was traded from Vancouver to Florida in the Roberto Luongo deal, an agreement that made then-Panthers GM Mike Keenan look like he didn't know what he was doing. Luongo was an all star in Vancouver, and Bertuzzi spent a year in Florida before being shipped to Detroit at the deadline for Shawn Matthias.
Bertuzzi only played seven games for Detroit because of a back injury, and played in the playoffs, all the way until they were eliminated by Anaheim, who went on to win the Cup. Bertuzzi was not offered a new contract and signed with the Ducks the next season.
Eventually, he found himself back in Detroit, and with a second chance with the Wings he has performed admirably. Some fans have had issues with his play, but Bert's big body presence (Pierre Maguire quote!) and playmaking ability has come in handy. When playing with Datsyuk he looks really good, mainly because he is in the right place at the right time.
Bertuzzi is also a regular in the shootout, where he uses some very unique moves, including going as slow as possible with one hand on his stick and making 4-5 moves in tight before going shelf.
The $2 million cap hit is good for him and for Detroit, as a one year deal would have had a higher hit.
Wings fans should be happy to hear that Bert is staying in Detroit, as he is a real competitor and a tough cookie.
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