Changing diapers is an alteration to his lifestyle to which Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi is happily adapting. Changing teams, he insists, is not on his agenda.
Bertuzzi’s name is taking a place of prominence across the rumor mill as Monday’s NHL trade deadline fast approaches. Prior to Saturday’s Red Wings game in Seattle against the Kraken, Bertuzzi was doing his best to dispell such speculation.
“One hundred percent,” Bertuzzi responded when asked if his desire was to continue to play for Detroit. “Whatever’s out there is false. I want to be a Red Wing.”
Frank Seravalli of DailyFaceoff.com was the first to report rumors that Bertuzzi’s name was being mentioned in the NHL trade winds. Seravalli went as far as to suggest that Bertuzzi would be open to leaving Detroit.
Bertuzzi was adamant that neither he or his agent Todd Reynolds have held any discussions with Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman regarding the possibility of him being traded.
Bertuzzi Wants To Remain With Red Wings
“I love it here,” Bertuzzi said. “Not once have I ever said I want to leave. This is where I want to be.”
As to the source of the trade talk involving his name, Bertuzzi was left scratching his head.
“I guess those guys have a job to do,” Bertuzzi said. “A lot of them are rumors. I guess they just like putting stuff out there to maybe get clicks.”
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In Bertuzzi’s case, any stress associated with hearing his name bandied about was dissauded by the hectic schedule of being a new father. He and his wife Ashley are proud parents of daughter Kinsley Lea Bertuzzi, born March 11.
“I’ve really been more busy at home now so I don’t really look into in too much,” he said of the trade talk.
Bertuzzi Back In Red Wings Lineup
Since he’s opting out of getting a COVID-19 vaccination, Bertuzzi is unavailable when the Wings are playing in Canada. He was missing in action for all three games of this week’s Western Canada swing through Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.
“Our record says we miss him a lot,” Blashill noted. Detroit is 1-5 in Canada this season without Bertuzzi, who has registered 24-24-48 totals.
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“He’s a really good player for us. We’re not exceptionally deep in those types of offensive players to begin with, so when you don’t have them, you certainly miss them. He does tons of stuff – he’s on the penalty kill, he’s on the power play, six-on-five, he’s on five-on-six. He’s strong, he wins puck battles, so to have him back in the lineup is great.
“He’s a big piece of what we do, a lot of our engine, also allows us, when we want, to really create two lines that you got to think about with (Dylan) Larkin on one line and Bert on one.”