January 25, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; NHL linesman Jean Morin (97) gets between Minnesota Wild right wing Dany Heatley (15) and Detroit Red Wings right wing Todd Bertuzzi (44) at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Red Wings’ Compliance Buyout: Todd Bertuzzi

During the offseason the Detroit Red Wings will be able to use a compliance buyout on two players. Over the next couple weeks we will take a look at which players could end up being bought out during the offseason for the Red Wings.

Todd Bertuzzi

HEIGHT: 6′ 3″
AGE: 38
CAP HIT: $2,075,000 / 1 year left
STATS: 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist) / 7 games played

Normally a player with only one year left on his deal is not worth using a compliance buyout out on, but moving into next season it could make sense for the Red Wings. The Red Wings have about $11.5 million dollars in cap space next season and buying out Todd Bertuzzi‘s contract can help the Wings create more space to add two top talents to the roster.

Why should the Red Wings buyout Todd Bertuzzi?

His injuries are worsening and this year limited him to only 7 games and while he was effective in those game he could not stay on the ice.

Justin Abdelkader has filled Bertuzzi’s role next to Pavel Datsyuk. Abdelkader might not be as big or skilled as Bertuzzi, but he has taken huge strides this year and proven that he can play next to Datsyuk on the top line.

In the playoffs he played on the 4th line and while I don’t think he did a bad job there it is not suited best for him and there are other players the Wings could bring in for cheaper who fit better in that situation.

Why shouldn’t the Red Wings buyout Todd Bertuzzi?

In his 7 regular season games he put up 3 points and Datsyuk put up 7 points. There has been a strange correlation between Bertuzzi being on the ice and Datsyuk playing fantastic hockey and Bertuzzi coming back could keep that going next season.

Justin Abdelkader could move down to the 2nd line and take Daniel Cleary‘s job or the 3rd line next to a healthy Darren Helm, both of which would be better fits for him.

Shootout goals. Bertuzzi has some of the smoothest hands of the Red Wings and seems to come up big in shootouts, which the Red Wings were not good in this past season.

The question is do we think he should be bought out?

I am torn on this, but I will have to say no. Despite the injuries and the age, he has one year left on his deal and he is a great linemate for Pavel Datsyuk.

Should Todd Bertuzzi be bought out?

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