Bertuzzi signs with Wings
With Bertuzzi, 34, in the mix, it looks like Justin Abdelkader will be bound for Grand Rapids and shuttle back and forth to Detroit. Of course, all that depends on who performs well in the preseason.
Bertuzzi gives the Red Wings 13 forwards including Darren Helm. That's the number that vice president/general manager Ken Holland wanted.
That also means that the Red Wings have eight defensemen and will have to make a move when Andreas Lilja is healthy. Lilja is still suffering from headaches and his status heading into the season will be determined later.
Here's the press release ...
RED WINGS SIGN TODD BERTUZZI TO ONE-YEAR DEAL
...Veteran Winger Returns To Detroit For 2009-10 Season…
Detroit... The Detroit Red Wings announced today that the club has signed free agent forward Todd Bertuzzi to a one-year contract. In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Bertuzzi, 34, was originally a first round draft pick (23rd overall) of the New York Islanders in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. The Sudbury, Ontario native spent last season with the Calgary Flames where he posted 44 points (15-29—44) in 66 games. Bertuzzi returns to Detroit for the second time in his career, having played in eight regular season games (2-2—4) and 16 playoff games (3-4—7) for the Red Wings in 2006-07 after he was acquired in a trade with the Florida Panthers. The 13-year NHL veteran has played in 859 career games, scoring 255 goals and adding 369 assists for 624 points. He has also collected 1,221 penalty minutes.