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Detroit cutting ties with Bertuzzi, Samuelsson

Jun 18, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

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Two of the most tenured Red Wings are on their way out.

On Wednesday, Detroit GM Ken Holland confirmed that pending UFA forwards Mikael Samuelsson and Todd Bertuzzi wouldn’t be brought back next year, per the Macomb Daily. Bertuzzi, 39, had nine goals and 16 points in 59 games last season — his fifth in Detroit — while Samuelsson, 37, had one goal and four points in 31 games during his second stint with the Wings (Samuelsson also played in Detroit from 2006-09).

The moves come on the same day that Detroit waived Jordin Tootoo for the purpose of using a compliance buyout on his contract. Tootoo, 31, signed with Detroit in June of ’12, inking a fairly lucrative three-year, $5.7 million deal. The former Nashville Predator never really seemed to fit with the Wings’ style of play and though he continued to showcase his trademark passion and energy, Tootoo always seemed like an odd fit on a puck-possession team. Last year he appeared in just 11 games for the Wings, registering one point.

When he’s bought out, Detroit will owe Tootoo $1.33 million over the next two seasons.

After the dust settles from these moves, the Wings will have $18 million in cap space with 18 players under contract. Unrestricted free agents Daniel Alfredsson, David Legwand, Dan Cleary, Kyle Quincey and Jonas Gustavsson will still need new deals, as will RFAs Danny DeKeyser, Riley Sheahan and Tomas Tatar.

  1. avfanforlife - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    On behalf of AV’s fans, Buh-Bye Mr. Bertuzzi. See ya in court.

    • spoon9z - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:46 AM

      Yah, POS to say the least. Hope he finds zero takers, but probably will end up back in Pitt if idiot Crawford somehow weasels his way into another job.

      Good luck Moore, take this guy and the Nucks for all you can.

  2. smarshall3789 - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Thank God!! I liked Bert but it’s time. They need to sign all the RFAs and call me crazy but I’d like to see Legwand back. I’d bet he’d take a pay cut to stay home plus you can start him on a wing and if injuries happen he adds depth to the center ice position. Forwards are pretty set unless we could make a trade for a big time goal scoring winger, but we do need 2 top 4 dmen and this team will contend next year easily

    • polegojim - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      I don’t know, He did well at first… then fell off.

      Quincy needs a new home. Moments of decent play, but a light weight.

      • tmoore4075 - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:40 AM

        This. Legwand went from #1 center, granted out of neccesity, to a 4th line winger. They have no room for him. Hank-Pavel-Abby, Mule, Weiss, Nyquist, Miller-Helm-Glendenning, Tatar-Sheehan-Jurco(although he can go to GR) and they’ve got Andersson still. I don’t see where he fits. They’d like a top-six forward as well so either that’s Alfie back or someone else so I doubt Legwand is back.

        Quincey had some moments but for that money they need more than that.

  3. polegojim - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    As anticipated… There are a few more ‘experienced’ guys who need to ‘step up or skate off’ as well.

    Strong D depth is our weakness – need a few heavier weights for strong hip checks and line stops.

    • 19to77 - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      Good time to be shopping for defensemen. Orpik, Niskanen, Mitchell and Boyle potentially available, plus cheaper sandpaper-y options in Sarich, Morris, Etc.

  4. jeff91121 - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    There have also been reports that Holland is negotiating with Cleary, which would be a huge mistake. Guy had 4 goals and 4 assists and was minus11 in 52 games I believe didn’t make it thorough the last 2 seasons because of injuries. Cleary was a good Wing…but Holland’s obsession with nostalgia is getting out of control. Legwand should not be resigned…unless he takes a massive pay cut over his last contract. Quincy will be gone…some team will overpay for him and they can have him. He is serviceable…but that is it. I would not mind seeing Alfredsson brought back for a reasonable salary. If the team is able to limit his minutes and keep him healthy he still has some gas in the tank. I believe they will either resign Gustavsson or sign another inexpensive free agent goalie. Marzek is probably ready to play in the NHL but won’t get better playing sporadically as Howard’s backup. They will resign all the young kids, rightfully so.

    • thalassocrat - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:31 PM

      Reports are Cleary’s going to get a two-way deal, if he’s signed, so they can keep him in GR where he can mentor the kids there and won’t kill the cap but he’s available to be called up if necessary, since it’s pretty likely we wouldn’t ever need to worry about him clearing waivers. Maybe not the absolute best thing to do, but not the biggest mistake ever.

    • philliesblow - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      “…but Holland’s obsession with nostalgia is getting out of control”

      So your not in favor of a Petr Klima comeback?

  5. zuke13 - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    It sucks to see them go; but it’s time.

  6. zuke13 - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Check check

  7. hosewater2 - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Wonder if this is the end of the road for Bert.

  8. dumbassgreg - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    quincey is like stralman of rangers some team is going over pay. detroit is looking to improve there defense yet they let quincey go unsigned . clear message there.

  9. snipedanglecelly13 - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    I hope we sign niskanen

  10. skr213 - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Hope no one ever signs Bertuzzi again.

    • spoon9z - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:52 AM


  11. anthonyorosz - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Pick up Boyle and ditch Quincey.

  12. 13datsyuk13 - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Sign Monster, Tatar and Dekyser. The rest can walk. Good luck Bert, I always appreciated having you around. Sammuelson and Quincey are both bums and now I only have Weisse to dislike on the team. The present and future are bright in Detroit.

    • kfraser91 - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:29 PM

      I agree 100%

  13. tmoore4075 - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    I hope Bert sticks around in some capacity with the organization. He seemed to love it here and was great in the dressing room. Everyone points the the Moore incident and yes it’s terrible and yes it was dumb and I can’t imagine what Moore is going through but he was a great guy here.

  14. highsportsiq - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Mike Ilitch is a loser and a corrupt criminal. The only reason the Wings ever won a cup was because he took $50 million that he owed to the City of Detroit and bribed the Russian mafia who bribed Soviet officials for players. He belongs in jail. Now the idiot is taking another $700 million from Detroit to build an unneeded arena

    • isphet71 - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:45 AM

      This post makes me wonder when forum posters are going to sart being sued for Libel.

      It’s going to happen at some point, I would think. The internet isn’t really anonymous any longer.

      • jcmeyer10 - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        Well he is going out with a bang if he does.

  15. isphet71 - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Bert’s pretty much been a model citizen since the Moore debacle. At what point do you say enough is enough and forgive the guy enough to at least be civil when discussing him?

    Forgive others not to demonstrate what kind of person THEY are, but rather, forgive them to demostrate what kind of a person YOU are. I forget exactly how the saying goes, but you get the point.

    Thanks for the time, Bert. Good luck in your court cases. Something tells me Bert is done because he’s going to be very busy this fall with court dates.

    • avfanforlife - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      “At what point”? Over 10 years and he still hasn’t paid a dime to Moore. A simple apology doesn’t quite cut it in my book. He destroy’s a player’s career and life, yet continues to play the game? The sad part is, no matter how much the court awards Moore, the appeal process will probably take even longer. But I’m SURE Bertuzzi will just go ahead and honor the court’s decision and pay right away because he is such a “model citizen” – NOT

  16. timmmah10 - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Wait, the Wings had Samuelsson? lol… Next thing you’re going to tell me is that they had Stephan Weiss also…

    Two more elder statesmen out the door. The average age of this team has dropped fast, but they are still competitive, Holland doing a good job rebuilding on the fly even with some questionable free agent signings recently.

    Let the UFAs walk unless they accept a discount to stay (which, why would they?), sign the RFAs long term at a healthy cap number, and go after an impact FA. Trending toward a playoff caliber squad this year, and an actual contender in two years.

  17. bennywuh - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Bert should have NEVER been allowed to play in Detroit. Happy to see him go, and hope he is gone forever.

  18. jfullan89 - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Are you sure this time Holland, can’t believe we even brought samuelsson back the first time. Good riddance. Dirty Bert did ok during his time here but it’s definitely time for him to go to

  19. DED - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Samuelsson had one great year when he scored 30 goals for the Canucks. Before and after that he was average. The last couple of years he can’t seem to stay healthy. If he’s not ready to retire, I think he should try for Europe for what time he has left.

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