I must say, this is a pleasant surprise. Just like all of Todd's work since we got him, he's performed above and beyond expectations this season. Like other reclamation projects before him, he took to the Wings' conditioning and two-way play with full commitment, and it's really paid off for him and the Wings. This contract will likely turn out to be his last big one, and even though it's not as big as his largest deals during his brief heyday in Vancouver, before "The Incident," it's a very sweet deal for a guy his age, who was close to the scrapheap when we picked him up.
Agent: Red Wings'
The Detroit Red Wings will announce a two-
year extension for forward Todd Bertuzzi
as early as Thursday.
Bertuzzi's agent, Pat Morris, told the Free
Press today that "we're working at it and
getting closer." The sides have been talking
for a month.
Bertuzzi, 37, is in the last of a two-year
deal that averages $1,937,500 per
season. His new deal is for closer to $2.2
million per season and is backloaded.
General manager Ken Holland told the Free
Press last month that "I think Bert's been
great all season." The Wings like how
Bertuzzi has developed into a two-way
player and how he helped get the first line
going after being put with Pavel Datsyuk
and Johan Franzen on Nov. 17, in the game
against Los Angeles. Bertuzzi has 12 goals
and is plus-21 in 54 games this season.
The Wings first acquired Bertuzzi in March
2007, at the trade deadline. He signed
with the Anaheim Ducks that summer, but
came back to Detroit two years later. The
Wings like the size he brings (6-feet-3,
200-plus pounds) and that he has
accepted being a net-front guy and
integrating defense into his game.
"He's embraced everything we're about,"
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