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Todd Bertuzzi Signs with Red Wings with 1-year Deal

Sports Betting News - August 18th, 2009 - Written by Glen

As the off season is coming to an end and the free agency pool is beginning to dwindle. As one of the few remaining players, the Red Wings took Todd Bertuzzi from the free agents that remain. He signed a 1 year contract that would amount to $1.5 million dollars.

Bertuzzi is a wingman, and has played 859 games in his entire career, 66 of which were last year with the Calgary Flames. 624 points rest below his belt, 255 of which were goals with the remaining 369 as assists.

Bertuzzi's early career was writhe with controversy. A fight between Bertuzzi and Steven Moore ended with Moore leaving on a stretcher. The damage incurred upon Moore's body included three fractured vertebrae, a concussion, as well as ligament damage and stretched nerves. From 2004 to 2005, Bertuzzi was suspended indefinitely until in the '05 season, the NHL announced that they would once again allow Bertuzzi to hit the ice.

Bertuzzi had skated under six clubs in the league, starting with the New York Islanders. He had played with the Wings before, and is now making a return to the franchise. He had played on the NHL All-Star Team in 2003, was the 23rd overall draft in the 1993 Entry Draft, and competed in World Championships as well as the Olympics. In the 2003-'04 season he managed 46 goals in the season.

A standard physical examination will take place before the contract is finalized. The 34 year old Canadian had suffered injuries throughout his career, though he had bounced back each time.

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