Arbitrator awards Tyler Bertuzzi a 1-year, $3.5 million contract

The arbitrator’s decision is in: Tyler Bertuzzi has been awarded a 1-year contract at $3.5 million. He will be a restricted free agent at the end of his deal.

UPDATE: #RedWings left wing Tyler Bertuzzi today was awarded a one-year, $3.5 million contract.

The terms of the contract were based on the ruling of an independent arbitrator who heard the case on Oct. 25 and issued the decision today.— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) October 27, 2020

Arbitrator awards Tyler Bertuzzi $3.5M— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 27, 2020

Close to the midway point of what team offered and player wanted, closer to team’s offer of $3.15M. He’ll be a restricted free agent again next offseason.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) October 27, 2020

🚨🚨— Daniella Bruce (@daniellabruce_) October 27, 2020

Right near middle— Ted Kulfan (@tkulfan) October 27, 2020

Here’s Khan in text form:

Bertuzzi had asked for $4.25 million while the club countered with $3.15 million.

He will be a restricted free agent again next offseason.

Bertuzzi, 25, earned $1.4 million last season, when he led the Red Wings with 21 goals, the second year in a row he has reached that total, and tallied 48 points, one more than his career high from the previous season.

Bertuzzi has 49 goals and 70 assists in 199 games over two full NHL seasons plus parts of two others. The Red Wings selected him in the second round in 2013 (58th overall).

Now the market is set for Anthony Mantha, and it’s likely below his “ask”; the Wings have to re-sign Dmytro Timashov as well.

Tyler Bertuzzi got awarded $3.5 million in arbitration.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) October 27, 2020

Arbitrator awards 25 y/o RFA F Tyler Bertuzzi 1 year $3.5M Deal. Will be RFA after, 1 year from UFA eligibility.

-21G 48P in 71GP
-46.8% 5v5 GF, 47.4% DFF (+3.3% rel team), 49% Corsi (+4.3% rel)
-Scored 1.81 P/60
-Rep’d by Todd Reynolds @uptownhockey— PuckPedia (@PuckPedia) October 27, 2020

After arbitrator awarded Bertuzzi $3.5M, the #RedWings have $15.2M Projected Cap Space with 22 Players on Roster (13F/7D/2G).

RFA: Mantha, Timashov— PuckPedia (@PuckPedia) October 27, 2020

The arb filings were $3.15 M from the team and $4.25 M from the player. Again, the arbitrator ruled for a $3.5 M, one-year award— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) October 27, 2020

Bertuzzi should deliver well above $3.5 million in value next season for the Red Wings.— Max Bultman (@m_bultman) October 27, 2020

Bertuzzi is a year older than Jake Virtanen and scored 21 goals two years in a row, so interesting comparison point for the Vancouver winger who settled for $2.55m/2yrs five days before his arbitration hearing took place— Patrick Johnston (@risingaction) October 27, 2020

DECISION REACHED: Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi has been awarded $3.5 million for next season by an arbitrator –— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) October 27, 2020

Pretty close to the middle of where Bertuzzi and the Red Wings were.— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) October 27, 2020

Bertuzzi deal is solid from a team standpoint. By punting the deal down the line a year, Bertuzzi will still be an RFA at end of contract and if he continues to build on past performance, he’ll land a longer-term deal at a higher AAV— Prashanth Iyer (@iyer_prashanth) October 27, 2020

Signed to Standard Contract
Tyler Bertuzzi (LW, RW) | DET#LGRW— CapFriendly Transactions (@CF_Transactions) October 27, 2020

The 1 year $3.5M award for Bertuzzi likely involved the following comparables:

-Reinhart $3.65M
-Buchnevich $3.25M
-Vrana – $3.35M
-Domi $3.15M— PuckPedia (@PuckPedia) October 27, 2020

Buyout Window will open Thursday apparently. I thought it may have been from the date of the hearing, it seems it’s from the date of the settlement.— The Grind Line Podcast™ (@GrindLinePod) October 27, 2020

My best guess is that no one will be bought out.

Update #2: Here’s a bit from the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan about where the Wings go from here:

Bertuzzi is now eligible to become a restricted free agent again next season.

Now, it’ll be interesting to see how quickly general manager Steve Yzerman can sign the Wings’ other notable RFA, forward Anthony Mantha.

Yzerman has been working with Mantha’s representatives on a long-term deal.

Mantha, 26, had 16 goals and 38 points in an injury-marred 43-game season. It was the third time in Mantha’s young career his season has been shortened by injuries.

Mantha has had 24- and 25-goal seasons, but has yet to reach 30 in his career. He has displayed the size and speed to show he could become one of the premier power forwards in the NHL.

Update #2: Here’s the Free Press’s Helene St. James on the news:

An arbitrator settled on $3.5 million between Tyler Bertuzzi and the Detroit Red Wings.

The sides presented their cases Sunday, with the Wings filing a brief at $3.15 million and Bertuzzi’s side at $4.25 million.

The sides ended up in arbitration after Bertuzzi took advantage of being a restricted free agent to force a solution.

Bertuzzi has been a rising star in the organization for a number of years. He dates to the same draft as Anthony Mantha, when then-GM Ken Holland traded first-round spots with San Jose, picking up the Sharks’ second-round pick, at 58th, in the deal.

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