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It’s official: Wings re-sign Bertuzzi to two-year, $4.5 million deal

Feb 23, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings have officially announced they’ve re-upped with Todd Bertuzzi on a two-year deal worth $2.25 million per season.

The contract represents a slight raise for the 37-year-old RW — his last deal was also of the two-year variety but for $1.94 million annually — which, given Bertuzzi’s production over the last two years, was one of the league’s better value contracts.

Bertuzzi played in all but one game last year for Detroit, scoring 16G-29A-45PTS while playing just under 16 minutes a night. He’s been equally effective this year despite missing seven games with a back injury and sinus infection, playing on the Wings’ top line alongside Johan Franzen and Pavel Datsyuk (though, with Datsyuk out of the lineup, it’s currently being centered by Henrik Zetterberg.) Bertuzzi currently boasts a plus-21 rating, matchinghis career high set twice with Vancouver.

Now, for the rub.

As much as this deal rewards Bertuzzi’s on-ice performance, the real (and obvious) intrigue surrounding this deal will be off the ice — it means Bertuzzi will be a Red Wing when his civil case with former NHLer Steve Moore goes to trial later this fall. The target date for the Ontario Superior Court trial to begin is Sept. 24, and it promises to be a dramatic affair featuring several prominent NHL executives including Marc Crawford, Brian Burke and Colin Campbell.

  1. federovs4skn - Feb 23, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    i cant believe my beloved red wings signed this abusive no good fart huffer. this is an outrage. he is on steroids and should be banned from the league. if he has another roid rage on the ice someone might actually get killed. lets start a petition from banning this monster from the dirty D. whos with me!!!

    • ikillchicken - Feb 23, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      Do you have any basis whatsoever for these slanderous claims or are you just an asshole?

      • ikillchicken - Feb 23, 2012 at 1:10 PM

        Sorry. In retrospect that was a silly question.

  2. federovs4skn - Feb 23, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    i hear the red wings draft pick who raped that girl was mentored by todd bertuzzi. Coincidence?

  3. federovs4skn - Feb 23, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    “the franchise” is the best sports team that ever existed. between lemieux, crosby, francis, ulfy, stevens, jagr, malkin, barrasso, FLUERY, letang, kovy, errey, coffey, endicott, hrdina, rechinball, wregget, staal, orpik, tochett, mullen, murphy, welsh, barnaby, lerioux, godard, larauque, craig t adams, park, whitney, straka, kaspiritus, engelland, caufield, nut bustin dustin jeffreys, cooke, neal, kunitz, scuderi, eaton, malone, roberts, borque, trottier, peck, shell, jennings, taglianetti, lang, theres no comparission that the greatness that spews out of this franchise is irresistable. come to the light side my friends.

  4. taytay099 - Feb 23, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    One of my favorite Canucks of all time. So happy to see him playing strong still. He’s a very different player with Detroit than he was in Vancouver.

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