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Bertuzzi now a Flame

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of free agent forward Todd Bertuzzi.

Todd Bertuzzi


Bertuzzi Highlights

“Todd is a proven scorer with the ability to play both wings,” said Sutter. “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.”

Bertuzzi, a native of Sudbury, ON, has amassed 793 games over the course of his 12 seasons in the NHL.

During that period, the 6’3”, 231lb forward has accumulated 580 points from 240 goals and 340 assists. Last season with the Anaheim Ducks, Bertuzzi recorded 40 points, including 14 goals in 68 games.

Sutter, in a conference call with NHL media, said he doesn't believe Bertuzzi, who is still dealing with a civil lawsuit from an on-ice incident in 2004 when he was playing in Vancouver involving Steve Moore, will be a distraction to the Flames.

He added that fans in Calgary, who have often booed Bertuzzi, are likely to grow to appreciate what Bertuzzi can bring to the Flames, including size and hands.

"I think everything else is pretty small in the big picture," said Sutter. "We felt he was a fit because he is a big guy who could put up numbers. I give Todd credit. He wanted to play in Canada. At the end of the day the money worked. He was willing to come in on a one-year deal and help us acheive what we are trying to achieve. He's a good player. He's a proven player."

Bertuzzi's career peaked in 2002-03 with Vancouver when he was a first-team All-Star with 46 goals and 51 assists, but his fortunes turned after the March 8, 2004 incident in which he struck then-Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore from behind and drove him to the ice.

Moore, who was seriously injured, has not played since that game. Bertuzzi was suspended for the remaining 20 games of that 2003-04 season by league Commissioner Gary Bettman and, because of the lockout, the punishment was extended to 17 months. Moore has an ongoing civil lawsuit as a result of the incident.

Despite the incident. Sutter said players on the Flames wanted Bertuzzi and one of the big supporters was Iginla, who played with Bertuzzi on the 2006 Canadian Olympic team.

Bertuzzi was 'the player he talked about most when it came to adding a veteran player."

Bertuzzi has recorded 50-plus points in six of his last eight seasons including a 97 point performance in the 2002-03 campaign. The 33-year-old has played in at least 68 games in six of his last eight seasons.

Sutter said Bertuzzi can help the Flames with his size in front of the net and along the boards. He can also provide an element on the power play.

"It gives us a lot of options. If Todd can come in and put up similar numbers (to last season) I would be happy as long as it fits into our team strcuture," said Sutter.
 

Our captain, Jarome Iginla, was a strong supporter of Todd and wanted him on our team - Darryl Sutter, Flames GM

Originally drafted by the NY Islanders in the first round, 23rd overall, in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, Bertuzzi has been chosen twice to play in the NHL All-Star Game (2003 and 2004) and was named to the NHL First All-Star Team in 2003.

He has twice represented Canada and the World Championships (1998 and 2000) and also wore Canada’s colors at the 2006 Olympic Games.

Todd and his wife Julie have two children: daughter, Jaden (8) and son, Tag (6).

Todd Bertuzzi – Right Wing
BORN: Sudbury, ON (February 2, 1975)             SHOOTS: Left
HEIGHT: 6’3”                                                 WEIGHT: 231lbs.            
ACQUIRED: Signed as a free agent on July 7, 2008

Season

Club

Lea.

GP

G

A

PT

PIM

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

1991-92

Guelph

OHL

47

7

14

21

145

-

-

-

-

 

1992-93

Guelph

OHL

59

27

32

59

164

5

2

2

4

6

1993-94

Guelph

OHL

61

28

54

82

165

9

2

6

8

30

1994-95

Guelph

OHL

62

54

65

119

58

14

15

18

33

41

1995-96

Islanders

NHL

76

18

21

39

83

-

-

-

-

-

1996-97

Islanders

NHL

64

10

13

23

68

-

-

-

-

-

 

Utah

IHL

13

5

5

10

16

-

-

-

-

-

1997-98

Islanders

NHL

52

7

11

18

58

-

-

-

-

-

 

Vancouver

NHL

22

6

9

15

63

-

-

-

-

-

1998-99

Vancouver

NHL

32

8

8

16

44

-

-

-

-

-

1999-00

Vancouver

NHL

80

25

25

50

126

-

-

-

-

-

2000-01

Vancouver

NHL

79

25

30

55

93

4

2

2

4

8

2001-02

Vancouver

NHL

72

36

49

85

110

6

2

2

4

14

2002-03

Vancouver

NHL

82

46

51

97

144

14

2

4

6

60

2003-04

Vancouver

NHL

69

17

43

60

122

-

-

-

-

-

2005-06

Vancouver

NHL

82

25

46

71

120

-

-

-

-

-

2006-07

Florida

NHL

7

1

6

7

13

-

-

-

-

-

 

Detroit

NHL

8

2

2

4

6

16

3

4

7

15

2007-08

Anaheim

NHL

68

14

26

40

97

6

0

2

2

14

 

TOTALS

NHL

793

240

340

580

1147

46

9

14

23

111

 

 

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