Bertuzzi returns to Red Wings
Todd Bertuzzi has rejoined the Detroit Red Wings, agreeing Tuesday to a one-year deal with the NHL's Western Conference champions.
Multiple media outlets reported the contract is worth $1.5 million US.
"He gives us a veteran with a big body and skill," Red Wings general manager Ken 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."
Bertuzzi, 34, spent the end of the 2006-07 season with the Red Wings after being acquired from Florida at the trade deadline. He had 11 points in 24 regular season and playoff games for Detroit. A herniated disc led to lower-back surgery, limiting his time on the ice that season.
"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 big winger played last season with Calgary, recording 44 points (15 goals) in 66 regular-season games,
Bertuzzi has 624 points (255 goals) in 859 games over a career that also included stops in Vancouver and Anaheim.
With files from The Associated Press