Tyler Bertuzzi bet on himself this season and could be looking at a big payoff on July 1.
Boston Hockey Now reports Bertuzzi is “pretty intent” on entering the unrestricted free agent market on July 1. The Bruins have been trying to change his mind, but haven’t made any headway thus far.
“I know he made it clear to the Red Wings when they were discussing an extension with him that he was pretty intent on hitting free agency this summer,” a source told BHN recently. “His camp knew what he can get out there, and that’s probably more now after the way he played for the Bruins. I know the Bruins are trying hard to keep him, but given his desire to test the market for the first time and their cap issues, that will be difficult.”
That explains why there were not any meaningful discussions between Steve Yzerman and Bertuzzi’s camp about a new contract once the season started. Yzerman has a history of playing hardball when it comes to negotiations, but that doesn’t explain the lack of engagement. Yzerman might have known all season he would probably have to move Bertuzzi before the trade deadline.
Bertuzzi understood his value: scrappy, belligerent wings with scoring potential are highly coveted. They don’t often end up in the UFA pool. He had every right to believe he could hit the jackpot on a long-term deal if he made sure he went to market. His play for the Bruins only enhanced his value.
Red Wings Draft Thinking?
This probably means absolutely nothing, but the tidbit of Leo Carlsson providing information to the Red Wings about his countrymen makes me chuckle. We go to our favorite restaurants to eat and the Red Wings go to their favorite country to shop for talent.
— sportsology (@sportsology) June 9, 2023
Red Wings Offseason
Red Wings prospect Donovan Sebrango and his mother Kim recently visited the Hockey Hall of Fame and were excited to see Donovan’s photo as part of a display.
Absolutely incredible moment today @HockeyHallFame!!Donovan and I got to experience seeing his picture in the HHOF! 🇨🇦❤️ We also got to celebrate the incredible history of the Red Wings along with @griffinshockey and @ToledoWalleye 🥅💪#LGRW pic.twitter.com/k5MTKbXaQh
— Kim Sebrango (@Sebrango_9) June 9, 2023
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- Former Red Wings goalie Dominik Hasek has received offers to display his memorabilia after Czechia Hockey Hall of Fame closes.
- Bob Duff takes a look at how Simon Edvinsson’s future with the Red Wings might play out.
- Former Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha‘s career appears to be at the crossroads this summer. Can the Capitals trade him? Or, will they buy out his contract?
- Behind our paywall is a piece about former Detroit Red Wings player Pete Mahovlich, 76, receiving his high school diploma.
Hockey Now Network
Boston: Fans were tough on former coach Bruce Cassidy’s children after the Blues downed the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. That’s why Cassidy was relieved that the Panthers eliminated the Bruins this season. Boston Bruins.
Buffalo: Independent scouting group sees Devon Levi as Buffalo’s No. 1 goalie “going forward.” Buffalo Sabres.
Chicago: CHN explores whether there is a case for Corey Crawford to make the Hockey Hall of Fame. Cs thicago Blackhawks
Florida: Sergei Bobrovsky is helping breathe new life into the Florida Panthers.
Los Angeles: Austin Stanovich writes that the Kings defensive group is starting to take shape. Los Angeles Kings.
Pittsburgh: It’s no slam dunk that all of the Penguins’ restricted free agents will be returning. Pittsburgh Penguins.
Vegas: Golden Knights push the mental reset button after Game 3 loss to Panthers. Vegas Golden Knights.
Washington: Jared Serre looks at whether Anthony Mantha should stay or go with the Washington Capitals.