Monday, July 07, 2008

Flames sign Todd Bertuzzi

Just when you think Bertuzzi's NHL career has winded down he finds a new home. Now Canucks fans are going to see Bertuzzi a lot more, as the Flames have signed him to a 1-year $1.95 million deal.

"Todd is a proven scorer with the ability to play both wings," Flames GM Darryl Sutter said today. "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."
Wow, Iginla wanted Bertuzzi in Calgary.
Fans and teams alike are waiting for Bertuzzi to regain his old superstar status that he had shown in Vancouver from 2001-2003. Big Bert lost his edge after the infamous Steve Moore incident and never regained his form. Some of that can be attributed to major injuries, like his back for example, which kept him out of action for almost all of the 2006-07 season, where he played for both the Panthers and the Red Wings.
Brian Burke took a chance on the him last season in Anaheim, but the big guy only managed 14 goals and 40 points in 68 games during the regular season and only 2 assists in 6 playoff games. Which Bertuzzi will show up in Calgary? Hopefully the mediocre one, as they are our enemy. Are Canucks fans going to boo or cheer him every time he plays against us? Should be interesting. Iginla is a great player to align yourself with, so we could see a resurgence.
"I gotta to say, Jarome is 100 per cent why I'm a Calgary Flame," said Bertuzzi. "I had great talks with him. Everything he said about the organization and the city was nothing but positive. Haven't talked to my family, we decided it was a good opportunity for us and we couldn't pass it by."

Bertuzzi is an upgrade from Owen Nolan in a sense. He had more points per game than Nolan did, plus he's cheaper, as Nolan signed in Minnesota for 2 years at $2.75 million per season. I just think Bert tends to float too much, where Nolan was in your face all the time.

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At July 7, 2008 at 12:29 p.m. , Anonymous GILL said...

i think he might be able to have another good season playing with iginla,maybe 20-30 goals if he's lucky

At July 7, 2008 at 1:44 p.m. , Anonymous Matt said...

Totally shocked by this one. Not sure I can cheer for someone I've hated for so long. What is Sutter trying to do to us? Maybe if he scores 30 goals I might be able to forget the past, but I dont know. This is all so confusing...........

At July 7, 2008 at 3:06 p.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

Given Calgary's hard-nosed style of play, you'd think Bert will show hustle under Keenan. Well, he's going to HAVE TO. Strange how he's come around full circle to Keenan again, who brought him out of Vancouver for Luongo in the first place.
So Iginla and Bert played on Team Canada right? Man, I heard some crazy stories about Todd from a guy this past weekend. I couldn't even publish them on here for fear of getting sued. They had to do when he was playing for team Canada a few years back.
I guess everyone has their sins.


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