Late last week, trade winds were blowing involving Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi. Those gusts were flowing in the direction of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Since then, the winds are changing direction. Now speculation in the trade rumor market are seeing Bertuzzi going to the left coast.
Appearing on the NHL Network, SiriusXM NHL Network radio host David Pagnotta discussed the possibility of Bertuzzi ending up with the Los Angeles Kings. They’ve already added Victor Arvidsson from the Nashville Predators. Nonetheless, the Kings are still in the market to acquire another top-six forward. GM Rob Blake may have his sights set on Bertuzzi.
LA makes sense as a trade partner for Detroit. The Kings are overwhelming with the kind of young prospect pieces the Detroit GM Steve Yzerman might find intriguing. Bertuzzi is 26. He’s a solid NHL player but he’s probably as good as he’s going to be right now. By the time the Wings are a competitive club, Bertuzzi will likely be pushing 30.
While the Wings aren’t actively shopping Bertuzzi, they are willing to listen to offers. There are very few untouchables on the Detroit roster.
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