As the Detroit Red Wings continue their rebuild, locking up their young stars is an important step in keeping that rebuild going. The Wings took such a step on Saturday morning, re-signing winger Tyler Bertuzzi to a two-year contract worth $9.5 million, or $4.75 million AAV. It will keep Bertuzzi in Detroit through the end of the 2022-23 season, at minimum. He will be an unrestricted free agent when the deal expires.
UPDATE: The Detroit #RedWings today re-signed left wing Tyler Bertuzzi to a two-year contract.
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Tyler Bertuzzi Re-Signs with the Detroit Red Wings
Last season Bertuzzi scored five goals and two assists for seven points in just nine games. He also added four minutes in penalties. His possession numbers were 55 percent Corsi-for and a relative Corsi of +9.5. Bertuzzi was limited by a number of injuries and underwent back surgery in April. He is expected to be ready for the start of the 2021-22 NHL Season.
In 2019-20 Bertuzzi had the best season of his career. He scored 21 goals and 27 assists for 48 points in 71 games. He also added 40 minutes in penalties. His possession numbers were 49.5 percent Corsi-For and a relative Corsi of +5.1.
Bertuzzi has spent his entire six-season NHL Career with the Red Wings. He has 54 goals and 72 assists for 126 career points in 208 career NHL games. He was originally drafted by the Red Wings in the second round, 58th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft.
What This Means Going Forward
Bertuzzi, 26, has established himself as a power forward with the ability to drive possession and put up points. He is an important part of the Red Wings forward group, usually lining up with Dylan Larkin on the first line. The Red Wings have had a productive off-season. They added Pius Suter in free agency, and Nick Leddy, Alex Nedeljkovic, and Mitchell Stephens in trades.
Main Photo: DETROIT, MI – FEBRUARY 23: Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi (59) skates during a regular-season NHL hockey game between the Calgary Flames and the Detroit Red Wings on February 23, 2020, at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)