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.