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A Two-Year Contract For Tyler Bertuzzi With Detroit

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.


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Paul's avatar

$4.75M AAV.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/31/21 at 11:04 AM ET

Paul's avatar

Erne, Vrana and Hronek are the remaining unsigned RFAs.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/31/21 at 11:10 AM ET

SauceBoss's avatar

Like it! Too risky going long term right now

SY making very smart moves not to financially handicap this team going forward

Posted by SauceBoss on 07/31/21 at 11:24 AM ET

Paul's avatar

via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings have signed forward Tyler Bertuzzi to a two-year contract valued at $4.75 million a season.

Bertuzzi, 26, got off to a strong start last season with five goals and seven points in nine games before being idled by a back injury that eventually ended his season and required surgery on April 30.

He has begun offseason training and is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

Bertuzzi posted back-to-back 21-goal seasons in 2018-19 and 2019-20, when set career highs in 27 assists and 48 points and was selected for the All-Star Game.

He was coming off a one-year, $3.5 million contract awarded in arbitration. He will be an unrestricted free agent when this deal expires in 2023.

The Red Wings have five remaining restricted free agents: Jakub Vrana, Adam Erne and Chase Pearson are arbitration eligible while Filip Hronek and Givani Smith are not. The deadline for filing for arbitration is Sunday at 5 p.m.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/31/21 at 11:34 AM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

Perfect for the situation. I was worried he might get traded if there was any disagreement on the contract.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 07/31/21 at 11:48 AM ET

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Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 07/31/21 at 11:51 AM ET


On a side note, Toronto signed Ritchie and Kase, for pretty good deals.  Say what you want about Toronto not winning yet, but you have to love their model in my opinion.  You lose Hyman, which IS a big loss for them, but they didn’t have to sink term and money into what will be a declining asset, and then used that money to grab Kase super cheap, and Ritchie who will do a large part of what Hyman did for much cheaper and younger.

They have a lot of money in their stars obviously and there is some debate to that, but when you are a contender and then can fill in the gaps with cheaper, younger shorter term players… it’s pretty impressive.  That being said, its easier to attract players to live in Toronto than live in Edmonton…. but you can see the different philosophy of Dubas.  I hope Yzerman follows suit to some degree once we have those types of star players. 

Ritchie or Kase I was hoping Stevie might look into, oh well.  Still have been pretty happy with how things have gone this summer!

Posted by DieByTheWing on 07/31/21 at 12:11 PM ET


Tampa is interesting because they’ve more been following a closer to Holland model by filling in with vets, but I like how toronto continually finds reclamation projects and younger players with upside that teams haven’t realized yet, because they are much more likely to fullfill that playing with star pressures and really no prssure on them.

Posted by DieByTheWing on 07/31/21 at 12:13 PM ET


And I forgot about Ho-Sang with the PTO.  Bad apple, but if he ever figures it out, he’s got skills.
They made a few other key signings too of younger guys.

Posted by DieByTheWing on 07/31/21 at 12:15 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Interesting he gets such a nice raise coming off arbitration followed by playing just 9 games.

He’ll be a UFA when this expires, so he’s going to be plenty motivated to play well (not that I don’t think he wouldn’t anyways). Hopefully we can keep him on the team when that time comes, he’s the most fun player to watch.

Posted by TreKronor on 07/31/21 at 12:45 PM ET


Erne, Vrana and Hronek are the remaining unsigned RFAs.

Also Chase Pearson and Givani Smith.

Posted by beantownredwings on 07/31/21 at 12:54 PM ET


This year is make or break year for Toronto and Dubas. Dubas going with the hand he dealt himself, and if TO does not get out of round1 again, there will be hell to pay, both with Dubas and the roster.

Posted by exor54 on 07/31/21 at 01:16 PM ET

SYF's avatar

This is awesome.  Glad to have him back.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 07/31/21 at 03:09 PM ET


Good news. This could have been the trickiest one.
Glad to see the team and player value each other
and hopefully in a year and change there’ll be a better basis, re: both Bert’s health and where the team is, on which to decide about an extension.

Boston is in kind of a weird spot. More change this offeseson than usual.
They mostly seem able to find a way to fit new players in and replace those they lose.

In Ritchie, Toronto has not only one of the dirtier players in the league (dangerous hits from behind; always keeps punching a combatant when already down). But he also had a much better year in Boston, at least compared to the one prior when he was seemingly considered an expensive liability. Ritchie can score some goals and is definitely a heavyweight fighter. Curious as usual to see if that core and regular season success mean progress in the playoffs. Dubas sort of sounded like he was saying: ok, last chance for this core.

Posted by lefty.30 on 07/31/21 at 06:38 PM ET


I have a feeling SY will sign a veteran forward for a 1 year deal. Maybe Ryan or maybe somebody totally unexpected.

Posted by VPalmer on 07/31/21 at 07:17 PM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

Unsure how I feel about this, would’ve rather went up in AAV to get him to agree to a 5 year deal, we have the space today, front load the bonus, but hard to really have that opinion without knowing what Yzerman knows about his neck. 

Assuming he comes back relatively himself , this basically sets Bertuzzi up to leave via free agency in 2 years, IMO when we will really need him, or pay him a contract that pays him years on the backend where he’s aging and not as productive. I see him being a dealt next offseason unfortunately

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 08/01/21 at 10:44 AM ET

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