Red Wings sign Tyler Bertuzzi to 2-year contract

Great news as I headed to the rink this morning:

RED WINGS RE-SIGN TYLER BERTUZZI TO TWO-YEAR CONTRACT  … 2020 NHL All-Star Has Skated in 208 NHL Games Since 2016-17 …DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today re-signed left wing Tyler Bertuzzi to a two-year contract.

Bertuzzi, 26, was limited to nine games with the Red Wings in 2020-21 due to injury but logged seven points (5-2-7) and four penalty minutes. Bertuzzi was coming off a career season with the Red Wings in 2019-20, setting career highs in assists (27), points (48) and penalty minutes (40) while posting his second-straight 21-goal campaign, which led the team, and finishing as one of two players to skate in all 71 games (along with Dylan Larkin). The 6-foot-1, 199-pound winger has appeared in 208 games with the Red Wings since making his NHL debut during the 2016-17 campaign, totaling 126 points (54-72-126) and 119 penalty minutes. Originally a second round pick (58th overall) of the Red Wings in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Bertuzzi was also Detroit’s representative at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game.

The Sudbury, Ontario, native has accrued six professional seasons between Detroit and the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins. In parts of four seasons with the Griffins (2014-18), Bertuzzi tallied 82 points (32-50-82), a plus-15 rating and 204 penalty minutes in 137 regular-season games. He also posted 39 points (23-16-39), a plus-12 rating and 68 penalty minutes in 42 career AHL postseason games. Bertuzzi helped the Griffins win the 2017 Calder Cup Championship, as he won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy awarded to the most-valuable player of the playoffs after posting 19 points (9-10-19) in 19 postseason contests. Prior to turning pro, Bertuzzi skated four seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s Guelph Storm, earning 172 points (72-100-172), a plus-35 rating and 325 penalty minutes over 201 games from 2011-15. Bertuzzi won an OHL championship with the Storm in 2014 alongside fellow Red Wings forwards Robby Fabbri and Pius Suter, and was named an OHL Second-Team All-Star the following season after notching 98 points (43-55-98) in 68 games in his final season of major junior hockey.

The Red Wings have re-signed RFA Tyler Bertuzzi to a two-year contract.— TSN (@TSN_Sports) July 31, 2021

THe @DetroitRedWings‘ deal forTyler Bertuzzi is fair. I expected him to get around $4.5 million, and he gets $4.75 AAV for two years.

This affords Bertuzzi a carrot and stick, but it’s not too terrible to move if the Wings really do feel that Bert is “too old” or struggles.— George Malik (@georgemalik) July 31, 2021

Hearing Bertuzzi’s AAV will be $4.75 million. salary will be $4.25M year 1 and $5.25M year 2— Max Bultman (@m_bultman) July 31, 2021

Really big news this morning. Red Wings get one of their key RFAs signed — but it will take him to UFA in 2023.— Max Bultman (@m_bultman) July 31, 2021

Signed to Standard Contract
Tyler Bertuzzi (LW, RW) | DET#LGRW— CapFriendly Transactions (@CF_Transactions) July 31, 2021

2-years, $9.5M for Bertuzzi— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) July 31, 2021

Two years at $4.75 mil cap hit for Bertuzzi, buys a year of his UFA but term also gives both sides flexibility (and trade potential) …— John Niyo (@JohnNiyo) July 31, 2021

After signing Bertuzzi for two years at a $4.75 million cap hit, #RedWings have five remaining restricted free agents: Vrana, Erne, Pearson are arbitration-eligible (deadline to file is 5 p.m. tomorrow; Hronek, Smith are not arbitration-eligible.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) July 31, 2021

Tyler Bertuzzi re-signs with #LGRW

He is a developing multi-cat stud who was off to a strong start before going down to injury. He is at the point where players typically break out. Can he do it this year? 🤷‍♂️#fantasyhockey #HockeyTwitter— Frozen Tools (@FrozenTools) July 31, 2021

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4 thoughts on “Red Wings sign Tyler Bertuzzi to 2-year contract”

  1. Not unexpected but still a relief. Detroit is a working mans town and T-bert is our kind of guy.

    Should each forward line have a grit guy, a playmaker, and a goal scorer? With only an occasional need for a fighter we no longer have room for enforcers so a T-bert, Smith, or some other grit guy fights for the puck and protects his line mates.

    Or am I nuts?

    1. I prefer it when each line is balanced with a forechecking forward (preferably with a bit of bite to his game), a passer and a shooter. I don’t think that every line needs an enforcer, but I like having a drink-stirring player with grit and jam to attack dump-ins.

      And no, you’re not nuts.

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