Wings Acquire Bertuzzi from Florida

With less than an hour remaining before the National Hockey League's 2007 trade deadline, the Detroit Red Wings added some much-needed grit to their lineup, acquiring forward Todd Bertuzzi from the Florida Panthers.

The Red Wings will send a conditional draft pick and forward prospect Shawn Matthias to the Panthers in return.

Bertuzzi has one goal and six assists in only seven games with the Panthers this season, missing much of the year with back injury that he says is completely healed. he had begun practicing with the Panthers but the team didn't expect him back in the lineup until next week.

In 717 career NHL games with the New York Islander, Vancouver Canucks and Florida, Bertuzzi has 224 goals and 312 assists for 536 points, as well as 1044 penalty minutes.

He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

The conditional pick is based on team performance, Bertuzzi's performance, and whether or not he resigns with Detroit.

Matthias was drafted by the Red Wings in the second round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, 47th overall. He has 33 goals and 28 assists with the OHL's Bellville Bulls this season.

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i'm curious to know what others think about the possibility of todd bertuzzi wearing the winged wheel? i've heard talks that juri hudler is what the asking price is (local radio). if his back is healthy, and he's mentally back into the game, i think he could be a big help. i'd find it ironic to see bertuzzi and chelios playing together.

Posted by Red33 on 2/24/2007 at 4:11 PM

 

i'm curious to know what others think about the possibility of todd bertuzzi wearing the winged wheel? i've heard talks that juri hudler is what the asking price is (local radio). if his back is healthy, and he's mentally back into the game, i think he could be a big help. i'd find it ironic to see bertuzzi and chelios playing together.


Hi Drapes,I agree with your perspective on the Bertuzzi possibility. I would put the wager out there that if the only asking price for him was Hudler, we will have Bertuzzi in-house by the end of the weekend.I also have some concerns about the mental health, but who can really tell until he's put into a situation that brings him to a winning club. Going from Vancouver to Florida must have been a major adjustment for him considering. I personally like his style of play, as I remember last year with Vancouver he was able to come into Detrooit and score a Hat Trick. Very physical player when needed and has good hands around the net. Certainly wouldn't be a bad pickup this close to the trade deadline. As far as the Chelios compatibility.... winning has a way of solving all interpersonal relationships. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.png" /> (usually anyway)Go Wings.

Posted by Glove_Dropper on 2/24/2007 at 4:55 PM

 

At the start of the season I would have done Hudler-for-Bertuzzi in a heartbeat. Now, though, Hudler's come on so well lately (not always scoring, but playing much smarter hockey) that we're finally seeing what people originally predicted he could be. It would suck to have to give that up for a rental.

I don't know what teams are asking for, though, so I can't suggest something else. It's easy to say "Oh, deal a first-round pick for Player X" when you have no clue if Player X's current team wants a first-round pick for him. Similarly, I could say "Trade Tomas Kopecky for Bertuzzi" but why would the Panthers make that move if they thought they could get Hudler?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/24/2007 at 5:04 PM

 

At the start of the season I would have done Hudler-for-Bertuzzi in a heartbeat. Now, though, Hudler's come on so well lately (not always scoring, but playing much smarter hockey) that we're finally seeing what people originally predicted he could be. It would suck to have to give that up for a rental.I don't know what teams are asking for, though, so I can't suggest something else. It's easy to say "Oh, deal a first-round pick for Player X" when you have no clue if Player X's current team wants a first-round pick for him. Similarly, I could say "Trade Tomas Kopecky for Bertuzzi" but why would the Panthers make that move if they thought they could get Hudler?


Wait a minute. Let's put this into perspective. What we're talking about is Bertuzzi for Hudler. I have been watching every game when possible for the past few years, and if you tell me that Hudler is finally paying off, well I got some Real estate in the Florida Everglades to sell ya.I don't believe that the trade for Bertuzzi would be held up for Hudler. If anything they (Flori don't want just Hudler and I believe that this is the issue the Wings are having with it, if indeed there are talks ongoing. And who says this is only a rental. Bertuzzi is around the age where he would love a home like Detroit. I once recall a player that came to the Wings as a problem child in the NHL, but came to call it home for a while. I'm not saying this guy is a Shanny, but the possibilities are there for something special. Yes, Hudler could be special, but man that guy has been in the org. a loooong time.Lastly, I would love to think that Holland is actually ready to press the cap for a second possibility (Two acquisitions). I know you mentioned this in an earlier discussion, but I thought this topic discussion more fitting. So, possibly a Bertuzzi and a, "Use you Head for a Mop and Ass for a Broom," tough guy. <_< Go Wings.

Posted by Glove_Dropper on 2/24/2007 at 7:50 PM

 

Definitely not saying that Hudler's paying off, just that we're starting to see brilliance from him. It'd suck to have wasted all this time waiting for him to get good only to deal him. And if it was Hudler for Bertuzzi straight-up, hell yeah I'd do that, but they probably want a #1 as well.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/24/2007 at 7:54 PM

 

Definitely not saying that Hudler's paying off, just that we're starting to see brilliance from him. It'd suck to have wasted all this time waiting for him to get good only to deal him. And if it was Hudler for Bertuzzi straight-up, hell yeah I'd do that, but they probably want a #1 as well.


Whew, for a minute there I was wondering about ya. You are probably right again, a #1 and possibly Kopecky too.I'm so glad I stumbled into this Forum! I have no Old Time Hockey friends out here.Let's go boys....Whoop them Preds!!!Go Wings.

Posted by Glove_Dropper on 2/24/2007 at 8:01 PM

 

With Tkachuk off to Atlanta for a pretty penny, I think Guerin's going to be too expensive for Holland. Bertuzzi becomes more likely every day, especially every day he doesn't play.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/25/2007 at 11:07 AM

 

I think that Bertuzzi would be an excellent fit for the Red Wings. In my mind, he would replace the role of "The Enforcer" which was left behind by McCarty when traded to Calgary. It will also bring back some of the force from the days of Konstantinov. I think he is a good fit if Detroit is looking to add some size and grit (which we all know they need greatly). His price, which everybody here has been discussing, is the only problem. A few months back it would look like a steal to trade Hudler, a draft pick, and possibly another prospect for Todd Bertuzzi. However, Hudler and Filppula have greatly stepped up their game and look like a bright future for the Wings. It's going to be an extremely difficult decision for Ken Holland to make. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next day and a half. Who knows, Florida may be looking for more than just a prospect and a draft pick. This just adds to the pressure being put upon Holland's shoulders. But we all know he will do the right thing.

Posted by choyer on 2/25/2007 at 3:39 PM

 

As much as I don't like Bertuzzi I have to say the Wings need a player like him:

1. The Wings have lost the grit that they had in the mid to late 90's

2. Now that the young guys are starting to bloom they need someone out there that will make someone think twice about cheap shotting them. (We have all seen Dats and Z take a few)

3. It will help us take out Buffalo

4. Someone who can lay out Kariya!

I just want to make it past the first round, he can help us!

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/25/2007 at 4:58 PM

 

I agree. I never really liked Bertuzzi, but once a player like this is sought after by the Wings, it makes them glorious. I also agree with you about needing an enforcer to backup Datsyuk and Zetterberg. Does anyone know what line he would fit into if he is traded to Detroit? I was thinking m aybe with Lang and Cleary, but I have no idea.

Posted by choyer on 2/25/2007 at 5:02 PM

 

I agree. I never really liked Bertuzzi, but once a player like this is sought after by the Wings, it makes them glorious. I also agree with you about needing an enforcer to backup Datsyuk and Zetterberg. Does anyone know what line he would fit into if he is traded to Detroit? I was thinking m aybe with Lang and Cleary, but I have no idea.


As fas as a line combination..... who gives a rats ass, get'em and make the adjustments later. He will probably offset a lot of synergy between the team at first, but man...POW!!!, I see him making a huge impact if he comes to Detroit.What about the porous D, this could be a problem with an aging and tired Hasek in net. The swing rotates two directions. Do we have the scoring to make up for weak defense, or do we stand and deliver. With what we have now, I don't see the team standing on the fence.Go Wings.

Posted by Glove_Dropper on 2/25/2007 at 8:28 PM

 

Our D is not that weak! After all it is the reason why the Wings are 4th in goals against and 1 or 2 in shots against

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/25/2007 at 11:47 PM

 

The thing about trading for D... Who do you replace? Lilja is really the only truely weak link that I see on the Detroit blue line and he's already been pushed down to #7 (and I'd love to see him dealt).

Re: Bertuzzi... Bob MacKenzie at TSN says "This guy is going to get traded." No teams mentioned, just that "There are offers on the table right now, and the Panthers just have to decide if one is acceptable."

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/26/2007 at 10:57 AM

 

Our D is not that weak! After all it is the reason why the Wings are 4th in goals against and 1 or 2 in shots against


Our D in at best questionable. What team have you been watching lately? The reason why the Wings are 4th in goals against is partly because Hasek can still stand on his head on occasion. Not to mention the greatest Defensive player in 10years is on the ice against the others best scorers. Also, a puck handling team tends to have the puck more often then those who are not. But this doesn't mean that when the other team has the puck they don't score. Example:Edmonton the other night had one shot 3/4 the way through the second period, but when they did take a shot, it went in. Quality is always better than quantity when it counts (playoff chances).So Yeah, I could see how you could assume our D is not questionable, when you see the stats and not the real game, it's easy. Wake up, and don't get boooed!Go Wings.

Posted by Glove_Dropper on 2/26/2007 at 8:21 PM

 

Over at Bird's place, AJL said that TSN reported the following...

"The NY Rangers, Anaheim Ducks, Detroit Red Wings and possibly the NY Islanders may have interest in Florida's Todd Bertuzzi."

As I said there, I liked it better when TSN said the Wings were the only interested team as it'd keep the price down. A bidding war is no good.

Edit: Combined with the bit about Hussey being called up that I mentioned in the Calder thread, I'm almost certain Bertuzzi will be coming to Detroit in exchange for one forward and (probably) something else. Since he's still out, that would leave the Wings short a forward, hence the need to call up Hussey.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/26/2007 at 11:36 PM

 

Looks like my theory about why Hussey was called up is wrong, the DetNews reports that Zetterberg is out tonight. Holland did say that they're still looking, though.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/27/2007 at 8:31 AM

 

Bertuzzi is a Red Wing but the trade call hasn't happened.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/27/2007 at 2:17 PM

 

Bertuzzi is a Red Wing but the trade call hasn't happened.


Holland and the Management team, TAKE a Bow!!! Really excellent trade day today. OK, since I'm never happy, let's get'er done.......Complete. Trade for Bertuzzi is done!Let's get a defenseman while we're rockin. I still believe we need at least one more guy!Go Wings!!

Posted by Glove_Dropper on 2/27/2007 at 2:29 PM

 

Conditional pick and a prospect from juniors. That means they kept Justin Abdelkader, which keeps me happy.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/27/2007 at 2:34 PM

 

The prospect is Shawn Matthias, I know nothing about him but it's not Abdelkader and it's not Jakub Kindl so I'm happy.

I would just like to say that this is exactly the move I was looking for the Wings to make. Very happy right now.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/27/2007 at 2:51 PM

 

The prospect is Shawn Matthias, I know nothing about him but it's not Abdelkader and it's not Jakub Kindl so I'm happy.I would just like to say that this is exactly the move I was looking for the Wings to make. Very happy right now.


Yeah, I guess I'm pretty happy right now as well. I am very excited about the Wings look going into the playoffs. My only concern is still the defensive side, but you can't have it all so, excellent acquisition in any case.Go Wings.

Posted by Glove_Dropper on 2/27/2007 at 3:20 PM

 

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