Monday, July 07, 2008

Flames sign Bertuzzi

Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of free agent forward Todd Bertuzzi.

“Todd is a proven scorer with the ability to play both wings,” said Sutter. “He expressed to us that he wanted to play in Canada and that desire along with signing him to a one year deal was important to our philosophy. He wanted to play on a good team and it fit our money. Additionally, our captain, Jarome Iginla, was a strong supporter of Todd and wanted him on our team.”
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Calgary's right up against the cap, with about $1.8-million to spare before this signing, and still needed a scoring line forward. Bertuzzi would certainly come cheap, coming off a $2.667-million buyout by the Ducks, but it's hard to say what he has left at this point.

He had a pretty rotten season with Anaheim last year, with only 14 goals and 40 points in 68 games, and at age 33 may be nearing the end. Bertuzzi's battled concussion, neck and back problems the past two years, and it's really affected his ability to crash and bang.

Still, he's going to get a chance to play in Calgary, including on the power play, and depending on how big his ticket is, could earn it.

Bertuzzi's really trying to play his way back into a scoring role in the league here. This is a big year for him.

UPDATE It's a $1.95-million contract for 2008-09.

UPDATE Matt Fenwick has a good take on all this.

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At 12:54 p.m., July 07, 2008, Blogger Doogie2K said...

So many lolcats, so little time. And bandwidth.

At 1:18 p.m., July 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Calgary signed Bertuzzi just to balance out Iginla's constant good mood and smiling.

He'll be playing over 20 minutes per game because he's one of Keenan's projects like Pronger, Thorton and Jokinen.

Bertuzzi-Lankow-Iginla is impressive on paper but can Bert rebound? I doubt it but Iron Mike and Rubberface Sutter might know better.

And why didn't Bert sign with Omsk? Bert and Jags together - Sour Brothers!

At 1:20 p.m., July 07, 2008, Anonymous Danny Tolensky said...

Off the top of my head, I can't think of another player already onto his fifth team since the lockout...

At 1:29 p.m., July 07, 2008, Blogger robert cleave said...

James, one point that doesn't come up in discussion of Calgary's cap situation is that they've waived Warrener, Nilson and Eriksson. If the ownership doesn't mind spending the money on warehousing them in the minors, that could be up to 4.8 million in extra space if needed. Not my dough, of course, but it is an option available. The signing is a gamble not only vis-a-vis what the big dude has left in the tank, but how he'll impact the chemistry of the team. He does come across as one sour guy, and it wasn't like he prospered in Detroit or Anaheim with good linemates and management support.

At 1:42 p.m., July 07, 2008, Blogger Kel said...

I am sure Keenan likes Bertuzzi, but I'm not sure people realize how few games Bertuzzi has played under Keenan as a coach. He played 22 games under Keenan in Vancouver in the 97-98 season, and then another 45 games in the 98-99 season. Bertuzzi never established himself as a star until Crawford's time in Vancouver. And Keenan as a GM was fired before Bertuzzi's first game in Florida.

At 2:29 p.m., July 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Iron Mike liked Bert enough to trade Luongo for him. That's love, dude. And as we all know, love is blind...

At 3:11 p.m., July 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Law of Unintended Consequences is about to pay the Flames a courtesy call.

At 5:30 p.m., July 07, 2008, Blogger Ebscer said...

What is with all the western teams that I like signing scum players?

First Dallas picks up Avery, and now Bertuzzi goes to Calgary. I'm starting to get the feeling that Chicago will be signing Chris Neil any day now.

At 6:15 p.m., July 07, 2008, Anonymous Jealous Broadcaster said...

Tight to the cap, the flames are certainly better than they were yesterday with minimal on ice-risk on the one year deal worth 1.9M.

If Dean McAmmond can get 21 goals and 50 points playing alongside Iginla (2001), I see no reason you can't peg Bertuzzi for 25-70 if he is afforded the privilage.

At 6:37 p.m., July 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Bertuzzi lost his patent move in the front of the net when Bettman et al implemented current girlie rules. Now Big Bert can push defence out of his way like he used to.

There's more contact in Sunday church nowadays. If Bettman only could take away hitting and fighting, too, so I could move over to soccer side of fandome.

What's next? Bettman will probably ask Burkie and K-Lowe to kiss and make up. Uups, too late...


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