Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Bertuzzi Heading Back to Detroit?

There are reports surfacing that the Red Wings are now negotiating with Todd Bertuzzi, who played for Detroit not too long ago. There is also some rumoured reports that the Wings have offered a 1-year deal that would be worth $1.5 million.

Bertuzzi played in 66 games last season for the Flames, while battling a back injury in January and a knee injury in March. He managed to score 15 goals and add 29 assists, which wasn't a bad total, one of his better years in the past three seasons.

The addition of Bertuzzi would pretty well sum up the remainder of the off-season, as the Wings won't have any more cap space to deal with for regular one-way deals. His $1.5 million would put the team over, technically, at this point, but they do have some injury concerns, which may help out their overall cap number. This signing will also help an already diminutive team, which is by far the smallest in the league. Bertuzzi's 6'3" frame is far larger than the team average of 5'11". The added size will certainly help the overall offensive product, when Bertuzzi is healthy.

I still wouldn't expect big numbers from Bertuzzi in Detroit, but I wouldn't say they would be bad numbers either.

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