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Red Wings re-sign Bertuzzi for two seasons

Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:30 am
Edited on: February 23, 2012 11:07 am
 

By Brian Stubits

The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed veteran forward Todd Bertuzzi to a two-year contract. The team made the official announcement on Thursday.

The Wings released the terms on the two-year deal, calling for it to pay Bertuzzi $2.25 million per season.

Bertuzzi has fit in well with the Wings, developing his game to be more of a two-way player in Detroit, something that's more or less required if you're going to play there.

“We’re very happy to keep Todd in Detroit for another two years," GM Ken Holland said. "He [Bertuzzi] fits in really well with our group, both on the ice and in the locker room.”

But where Bertuzzi remains exceptional is in the shootout. For my money, there is no better player in the game right now than Bertuzzi in the skills challenge. He's as creative as it gets, flashing some awesome moves that are normally reserved for All-Star weekend.

But more than his outstanding shootout ability, Bertuzzi will forever be linked with Steve Moore and Bertuzzi's move that ended Moore's career when he was with the Canucks and Moore a member of the Avalanche.

With the news of a new contract and Bertuzzi playing next season, that means the long-awaited civil trial between Moore and Bertuzzi is expected to begin next year. From the CBC in September of last year:

The target date for the Ontario Superior Court trial to begin if necessary is Sept. 24, 2012 if Bertuzzi is still an active player, and Oct. 22 if he's not, according to court documents viewed by CBC.

Court-ordered mediation between the sides has failed to lead to a settlement.

Moore, now 33, has never played again since getting hit from behind in a March 8, 2004 game by Bertuzzi, who was on the Canucks. Moore was in his first full season with the Colorado Avalanche.

Bertuzzi, now 36, is entering his 16th NHL season.

Bertuzzi offered a tearful apology at a press conference a few days after the incident, and would ultimately serve a 20-game suspension. He has gone on to play 445 regular season and playoff games with Vancouver, Florida, Anaheim, Calgary, and his current team, the Detroit Red Wings.

Criminal charges filed against Bertuzzi in Vancouver resulted in a guilty plea and a sentence of one year's probation plus 80 hours of community service.

Like it or not, that will be as much of Bertuzzi's legacy as anything.

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Comments

Since: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2012 4:23 am
 

Red Wings re-sign Bertuzzi for two seasons

Nice note habfan. You betcha zest. He has fit in very nicely. No qualms with the signing whatsoever.



Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 4:37 pm
 

Red Wings re-sign Bertuzzi for two seasons

Bertuzzi can still skate at break-neck speed.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:42 pm
 

Red Wings re-sign Bertuzzi for two seasons

Wasn't hating...  Just stating an opinion.  It's too bad that this crap has dragged on so far and so long.  Moore having to go through a lengthy civil process to get money is BS.

If Bertuzzi was so contrite, he would have settled it accordingly when he was forced into medaition and truly "moved on".

He's nothing for than a lap dog for Marc Crawford and a no class hack.
 



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:17 pm
 

Red Wings re-sign Bertuzzi for two seasons

Don't be a hater! He's moved on from something he did 8 years ago! And you should too!


Yah right, let's just move on.  He ended a players freaking career just as it was getting started.  We all know he didn't try to, we all know he apparently showed contrition after pulling such a dumb stunt but no.....you don't just move on.  He will be tarnished with this forever because of the severity of the situation.  He is playing Hockey still......Moore is not.
Obviously Wings fans you know you wouldn't be so forgiving if he was still a "Nuck" (except for the AV's aspect for some).  Contributing as well as he has makes it's easier to "move on" for you, not others including Moore. 



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:15 pm
 

Red Wings re-sign Bertuzzi for two seasons

I think the play of Bertuzzi and his treatment there reflects the class of the Wings organization. The Canucks viewed him as a liability after the hit and frowned upon him playing the way he used to. Every other organization took a shot on his regaining his scoring ability but again, failed to support him when he didn't score 40 goals for them. The Wings promised him a fresh start and gave him one, didn't give up on him when he didn't play like 8 years ago and found a use for a retread player like they always seem to do. That's why they stay at the top of the standings, by making Detroit a city that people want to play in and are appreciated in roles that don't get noticed in other markets, but can win Cups.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:12 pm
 

Red Wings re-sign Bertuzzi for two seasons


I'll take Bertuzzi and you have fun with that 8th seed, if you even make the playoffs Hawks fanSurprised



Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:03 pm
 

Red Wings re-sign Bertuzzi for two seasons


Don't be a hater! He's moved on from something he did 8 years ago! And you should too! 




      
;  Late in the third period, was sent onto the ice. After failing to instigate Moore to fight, Bertuzzi skated after Moore, punched him in the back of the head, and fell on top of him, followed by Moore's teammate and Bertuzzi's teammate . Moore was knocked out and lay motionless for ten minutes before being carried off on a .<sup id="cite_ref-1" class="reference"></sup> The combination of the hit, fall, and piling-on had resulted in three fractured , facial cuts and a .


On August 22, 2004, Moore was released from a Denver-area hospital. He wore a neck for one year and then started for his neck injury and concussion.







      
; Well, I guess it was a lot easier for Bertuzzi to "move on" from that incident, than it was for Moore.
Moore never played again. 



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Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:03 pm
 

Red Wings re-sign Bertuzzi for two seasons

One of those subtle little Kenny Holland moves that keeps us at the top of the league GO WINGSSSS



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:45 pm
 

Red Wings re-sign Bertuzzi for two seasons

Don't be a hater! He's moved on from something he did 8 years ago! And you should too!



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:21 pm
 

Red Wings re-sign Bertuzzi for two seasons

Some of that money should be passed on to Steve Moore...


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