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Tyler Bertuzzi

Former Detroit Red Wings player Tyler Bertuzzi won’t be staying with the Toronto Maple Leafs. TSN’s Darren Dreger reports Bertuzzi priced himself out of the Maple Leafs’ salary cap reach. He’s probably going to receive a multi-year deal for more than $5 million per season.

What it means is that Bertuzzi, becoming an unrestricted free agent today, will likely be joining his fourth NHL team over the past two seasons. The Red Wings traded Bertuzzi to Boston before the 2022-23 trade deadline. He played well for the Bruins. They wanted to re-sign him, but he opted to join the Maple Leafs.

After a below-average first half with the Maple Leafs, Bertuzzi enjoyed a strong second half.  The Bruins could be interested again. In case you were wondering, the Red Wings will not make an effort to bring him back to Detroit.

This year’s free agent class has some key names, including Steven Stamkos and Jonathan Marchessault. But it won’t include Sam Reinhart or Detroit’s Patrick Kane. They re-signed Sunday.

Red Wings In Case You Missed It

Patrick Kane is re-signing with the Red Wings. He was a top priority for GM Steve Yzerman

Yzerman has been talking to the New York Rangers about acquiring Rochester, Michigan native Jacob Trouba, a rough-and-tumble defenseman. He is the Rangers’ captain.

Detroit second-round pick Max Plante is the son of former NHL player Derek Plante and the grandson of legendary Minnesota high school coach Bruce Plante.

Red Wings Offseason

After the Patrick Kane signing the Red Wings officially have $28.8 million in remaining cap space with 10 players left to sign. By agreeing to a $4 million base salary, Kane did the Red Wings a favor. When you fact in that Detroit may have to use $17 million in cap space to re-sign Lucas Raymond and Moritz Seider, the Red Wings now have roughly $10 million left for seven players. (We are counting on Simon Edvinsson and Albert Johansson making the team).  Kane isn’t necessarily going to be underpaid. One of his bonues clauses gives him $1.5 million for playing 10 games. That would impact next season’s cap as an overage. The cap is expected to go up next season.

Hockey Now Network

Buffalo: Jason Moser wonders whether the Sabres will be among the large gathering of teams chasing Steven Stamkos? It might be challenging  Buffalo Sabres.

Florida: Brandon Montour loved being part of a Stanley Cup team, but is this the end of his tenure with Florida. He becomes a UFA today. Florida Panthers. 

Philadelphia: Jonathan Bailey offers three bargain UFA targets for the Philadelphia Flyers. 

San Jose: Sheng Peng has draft grades for the San Jose Sharks.