"All Todd Bertuzzi has done is he's come in here and worked his butt off and has been a true professional. He has been everything that you'd ask. He has been no distraction whatsoever."
But I digress.
Todd Bertuzzi's going to be a popular guy through this opening series, but likely not so much once he gets back to Orange County. They've got some nice local coverage out that way, sure, but hockey's spotlight? It doesn't get to Anaheim too often.
For now, he's a focal point:
"There are naysayers about our team and there are naysayers about him and what he's got left in the tank," Pronger said. "It's a way for him to ... show people what he's still got left, to be the type of player he can still be.This certainly is Bertuzzi's. This may also be the only one he gets, given his go in Florida/Detroit was injury-riddled and unproductive.
"I know guys are excited to have him on the team. We heard nothing but great things about him when he played in Detroit last year. Reputations follow people around a long time, that's why people deserve second chances."
Bertuzzi's 32-years-old and seems to have mellowed, especially in the penalty minute department, where he only had 19 in 15 games last season. In Vancouver, he was a league-leader in minor penalties, a huge liability — and especially in the later years — but if he can stay healthy, stay out of the box and pot 25 goals and 60 points in Anaheim, they get their money's worth.
If he doesn't? That leaves the Ducks in a bad spot given their lack of forward depth.
A lot's riding on Bertuzzi, and I frankly don't have a clue if he'll make good.