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Tuesday Tire Pump: Todd Bertuzzi

Jan 17, 2012, 7:27 PM EDT

Todd Bertuzzi

Every Tuesday at PHT, we’ll pump a player’s tire. Because every player likes it when nice things are said about them.

This week’s tire pumpee: Todd Bertuzzi, Detroit Red Wings

With all that’s been said and written about the guy, it’s easy to forget he was once the premier power forward in the NHL. In 2002-03, Bertuzzi scored 46 times for the Canucks while playing on a line with Markus Naslund and Brendan Morrison.

Of course, that was before he attacked Colorado’s Steve Moore from behind on Feb. 16, 2004, ending Moore’s career and ensuring the Bertuzzi name would go down in NHL infamy. (And also ensuring a fascinating civil trial.)

Just shy of 37 years old now, Bertuzzi’s no longer an all-star and he only averages about 15 minutes per game with the Red Wings. However, in his last 24 games, he’s managed to rack up eight goals and 12 assists.

True, skating with Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen doesn’t hurt, but still — not a bad bargain for the Wings.

“Bert has been a real factor for us, playing with Pav and Mule,” coach Mike Babcock said recently. “Bert’s been very consistent here of late and playing real hard. And he’s big and he’s physical, and he’s physical with the puck, so he’s protecting the puck and guys are bouncing off him, and that makes him hard to play against.”

Bertuzzi has never won a Stanley Cup. The closest he came was in 2007 when the Red Wings were eliminated by the Anaheim Ducks in the conference finals.

Probably a lot of hockey fans would prefer his Cup drought never ends. Hard to deny he’s playing well though.

Todd Bertuzzi, everyone.

  1. haterzgonahate - Jan 17, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    atta boy Bert!

  2. Jeff - Jan 17, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Even before he came to the Wings I admired his physical play and abilities. I was very disappointed when he attacked Moore. Glad he’s rehabilitating his career in Detroit. Hope his Cup futility ends this season with the Wings.

    • whocares2012 - Jan 19, 2012 at 8:18 PM

      Bertuzzi is jinxed, no team will every win the cup with Bertuzzi playing for them. So no cup for the Wings this year.

  3. taytay099 - Jan 17, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    I love Bertuzzi. Him and Naslund are the reason I became a Canuck fan again after the dark days of Messier. It hurt me to see how the fans turned on him after his horrible attack on Moore, I’m happy to see him find a good spot on the Red Wings. He’s really rebuilt his game and become a reliable two way forward.

    • t16rich - Jan 17, 2012 at 11:08 PM

      As a Canucks fan, I must say you are insanely wrong to say the fanbase turned on him after the attack. Alot of fans did yes, but with good reason, he broke a kids neck. A huge portion of fans supported him through his suspension though, probally more then not. I remember driving through Vancouver and you would see in the main window of a house free Bertuzzi sign. I saw that in more than one house. I am one of the fans who felt he deserved his suspension. I was angry at his actions, especially from my favorite player. I am also happy for his success in Detroit. But there was a ton of fans supporting Bertuzzi through that time man. Canucks fans loved him and tons still do. Not that he deserved the support but you are certainly wrong if you think Canucks fans ever stopped giving it to him.

      • taytay099 - Jan 18, 2012 at 3:56 AM

        Not saying everyone did, but I remember going to games and Bert would be booed by a lot home fans every time he touched the puck. I think a good chunk of Canucks fans turned on him after the Moore incident.

        I should have said “some of the fans turned on him.”

  4. whocares2012 - Jan 19, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Todd Bertuzzi is a criminal. He should be in prison. He should have been banned from the NHL, but Gary Bettman has no balls, so he let Bertuzzi off. Just hope this is the year karma catches up with Bertuzzi and he gets a carrier ending injury.

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