I have never been a huge Todd Bertuzzi fan.
He was plagued with back spasms when he played for the Florida Panthers which limited him to 7 games and 7 points. His first stint with Detroit in 2006-2007 he played a whopping 8 games and had 4 points. I felt like we signed a guy destined to watch the games from a hospital bed. I could be that guy and I’d do it for a lot less than what Todd was making.
After 1 year stints in Anaheim and Calgary he signed with Detroit and redeemed himself. He was one of only three (yes three!) players that played all 82 games (others being Lidstrom and Stuart). He had 18 goals, 26 assists, and 44 points. Ever since he left Vancouver where he averaged around 70 points per season he has struggled and 44 points ties his point total from last year. Sadly, 44 points is the highest he has been able to achieve since his days as a Canuck.
I was pleasantly surprised by Todd’s production this year. He’s over 6 ft. tall and 231 lbs so he is definitely a force to be reckoned with. He’s a big and gritty player that plays the body and can dose out some hurt along the boards.
He’s only 34 and hopefully has the bulk of his injuries behind him. I think for $1.5 million he is a very good buy and I think we need him, and others like him, in our lineup. I hope he stays healthy, but just in case I’d sign him to another 1 year deal.