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The Detroit Red Wings signed right winger Todd Bertuzzi on Tuesday afternoon to a one-year deal valued at $1.5 million per the Grand Rapids Press. Reports came out late Monday night that the team was negotiating a deal with the forward, but the deal was not finalized until Tuesday. Bruce MacLeod of the Macomb Daily details Bertuzzi’s history in the league, including a short stint with the Wings in 2007, and discusses where the Wings currently sit with the salary cap.
The Associated Press spoke with GM Ken Holland about the signing:
“He gives us a veteran with a big body and skill,” Holland said. “We think he can help us on one of our top three lines. And if a team wants to get physical with us, we’ll have the option of putting Todd out there to snarl at people.” …
“Our trainers were very impressed with him physically,” Holland said. “He’s in much better shape than he was with us last time, when he was trying to revive his career after back surgery.”
The Grand Rapids Press adds more comments from Holland:
“He’s in great shape and excited to be back in Detroit,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “In the short time he was here, I really enjoyed him and so did his teammates.” …
“He brings a dimension of size, and he’s going to be a hard guy to bounce around,” Holland said. “If you look at the cap system, most teams only count on offense from their top two lines. We’ll be able to put four lines together and have some scoring depth.”
Reactions toward the signing have been mixed throughout the Wings’ blogosphere: Abel to Yzerman, Babcock’s Death Stare, On the Wings, Snapshots, The Triple Deke, Winging It In Motown, and Nightmare on Helm Street,
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