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Door Into Canada Could Be Opening For Red Wings Bertuzzi

Canadian government lifting COVID-19 vaccination requirement

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Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi could be back playing in Canada this season.

It’s appearing likely that there won’t be any enforced rests for Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi during the 2022-23 NHL season.

Canadian national newspaper the Globe & Mail is reporting that the Canadian government will be lifting the COVID-19 vaccination requirement to cross the border into the country on September 30.

Details are still be finalized within the Cabinet of the ruling Liberal government. That’s why there’s been no official confirmation of the change.

Bertuzzi was the only Red Wings player opting out of the COVID-19 vaccine prior to last season. Due to that decision, he was unable to travel to Canada for any of Detroit’s nine games in the country.

“Personal choice. Freedom of choice. And life choice,” Bertuzzi said about his decision.

At the time, GM Steve Yzerman didn’t seem at all pleased by Bertuzzi’s choice.

“It’s his decision,” Yzerman said at the time, “and it’s the world we live in today. I’m not in a position to force anyone.”

It’s not known whether Bertuzzi was making a decision to get a vaccination during the offseason. But now it’s looking as though it won’t matter.

Bertuzzi Absence Played Role in Red Wings’ Canadian Struggles

Minus Bertuzzi, the Red Wings went 2-7 during their nine games in Canada last season. Opponents were outscoring Detroit 33-16 and shutting the Red Wings out three times.

Their struggles as a Canadian club were including an 0-5 slate against the Montreal Canadiens (0-2), Toronto Maple Leafs (0-2) and Ottawa Senators (0-1), Detroit’s Atlantic Division rivals.

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This season, Detroit will be playing 10 games in Canada, starting with a December 23 date at Ottawa. There are two games at Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal, along with solo visits to Winnipeg, Edmonton, Vancouver and Calgary.

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This is a contract year for Bertuzzi. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end if he doesn’t sign a new pact with Detroit.

Adding another 10 games to his oportunity to impress certainly won’t hurt his chances of putting up significant numbers. Last season, despite missing 14 games, Bertuzzi ended up finishing second on the Red Wings in goals (30) and points (62).

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Ken Youmg

Maybe now Bert can quit dumping on his teammates.

Tom Rady

Ken how has he dumped on his teammates? Not sure what you mean? Explain.There is more of a chance now he might stay with Detroit. The large question still lingers though.If he does not a sign a contract he will be traded. The Wings will not allow him to get to unrestricted free agency. That is for certain.

Mark W

Good news for Bert the Wings and us fans. I’ll be glad if Hockey politics is limited to the NHL’s front office always deciding calls against the Wings. A sure sign that life is getting back to normal.

John Parham

Bertuzzi did make a free, personal choice and it hurt the team. Does anyone really think Yzerman has forgotten that move?

Gordon Cheswick

Bert is MUCH more valuable – both to DRW – and as trade value. The question now – “what would Bert do”

L LaFerriere

It has been said that Bert is a great locker room guy and a good teammate, they guys all love him.

He doesn’t however love the organization that much is evident from his previous contract negotiations. Yzerman wants passionate players, but I don’t think he will want to go through bitter contract negotiations with Bertuzzi again.

They will be a bubble playoff team this year, by the trade deadline it will be a serious longshot to make it, so off goes Bertuzzi after chipping in close to 30 goals by then.

We should get a kings ransom for him, more even than we got for Mantha and in a deep draft year that should be be the plan. With Kasper, Soderblom, and Hanas on the way, we can afford to part with Bert for a ton of draft capital.

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