Red Wings Sign Bertuzzi

The Detroit Red Wings have signed forward Todd Bertuzzi to a one-year contract, the team announced on Tuesday.

As per team policy, no financial terms were announced. Rumors surfaced Monday night and Tuesday morning that Detroit had made a one-year, $1.5 million offer.

That deal would virtually ensure that defenseman Andreas Lilja will start the season on the long-term injured reserve, giving Detroit the cap space to sign Bertuzzi.

Bertuzzi played for the Red Wings in 2007, having been acquired at the trade deadline. He scored 15 goals and added 29 assists in 66 games last year with the Calgary Flames.

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Hockey this Morning reports that Jimmy D told AM 590 that the Wings are close to a deal with Bertuzzi. Anyone else heard anything?

Posted by SYfanSD on 8/16/2009 at 9:35 AM

 

Well... I guess he'd be a cheap tough guy. With the probable departure of McCarty and Downey, I would say this wouldn't be a bad idea... I'd give it higher marks than the Williams deal as long as they pay him in food stamps and possibly prostitutes (Detroit ones...not good ones..) as monthly bonuses.

Posted by drwmike33 on 8/16/2009 at 10:25 AM

 

I like that pay out <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 8/16/2009 at 10:28 AM

 

I wouldn't mind it but Malik pretty much shot it down yesterday (which is why I never posted it myself).

Posted by YzerFan19 on 8/16/2009 at 11:40 AM

 

Normally I would agree however, the only reason why I brought it up is that the guys on the morning show have been working to only mention stuff that is 90 percent or better.

Posted by SYfanSD on 8/16/2009 at 3:41 PM

 

Yeah, I'm not outright rejecting it as much as Malik did but I find it very hard to believe.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 8/16/2009 at 6:39 PM

 

Malik and the Chief continue to weigh in on this rumor, with Malik backing off on his "no way, no how" assertion.

I finally heard the interview and it sounded like Jimmy D was pretty certain about it. I'm kind of confused because Bertuzzi isn't exactly a 13th forward kind of player but I'd take it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 8/17/2009 at 2:24 PM

 

I know he was recovering from an injury when he was on the Wings before, but I don't want him back. It still didn't seem like he did much. :/

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 8/17/2009 at 3:00 PM

 

Ohhh, definitely not liking this move. Hopefully I am just having a lapse in judgement, though! Here's to him doing his best! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

And I am praying that's not what the Wings paid for him, either. :/

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 8/18/2009 at 5:47 PM

 

Look at it this way; players sometimes find their game in Detroit. All we can hope for is that he does and that he gives us a productive season.

Posted by SYfanSD on 8/23/2009 at 9:59 AM

 

i just hope we get the Todd Bertuzzi that play's like this the 2nd time around

GP G A P PIM

99-00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 25 25 50 126

00-01 Vancouver Canucks NHL 79 25 30 55 93

01-02 Vancouver Canucks NHL 72 36 49 85 110

02-03 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 46 51 97 144

03-04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 69 17 43 60 122

05-06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 25 46 71 120

he's never really been the same player since the whole Steve Moore incident though

Posted by bigred4478 on 8/25/2009 at 4:30 AM

 

While I think it'd be fantastic to see him return to his production of 6-7 years ago it's probably unrealistic. If he can be a solid third-liner, providing some grit and picking up some of Samuelsson's production while taking some pressure off of Holmstrom on the power play, I think it'll work out.

Still don't like the amount of money a whole lot but I'd imagine it was something like either $1.5M for one year or $1M per season for two years. I'd much rather have one-year deals for these kinds of projects.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 8/25/2009 at 6:25 AM

 

Agreed. The one year deals are better and the salary is low enough to be dealt at the trade deadline if necessary.

Posted by SYfanSD on 8/29/2009 at 10:14 PM

 

If the Wings can't use him at the trade deadline, no one will want him anyway.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 8/30/2009 at 12:15 AM

 
Todd Bertuzzi

Todd Bertuzzi
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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