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Flames sign Bertuzzi for one year

Monday, July 7, 2008

Todd Bertuzzi warms up before facing the Colorado Avalanche while playing with the Anaheim Ducks. The free-agent forward signed with the Calgary Flames on Monday.

Photo by David Zalubowski/Associated Press

Todd Bertuzzi warms up before facing the Colorado Avalanche while playing with the Anaheim Ducks. The free-agent forward signed with the Calgary Flames on Monday.

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— Free-agent forward Todd Bertuzzi signed a one-year, $1.95 million contract with the Calgary Flames on Monday.

“Todd is a proven scorer with the ability to play both wings,” Flames general manager Darryl Sutter said. “He expressed to us that he wanted to play in Canada and that desire along with signing him to a one-year deal was important to our philosophy. He wanted to play on a good team and it fit our money. Additionally, our captain, Jarome Iginla, was a strong supporter of Todd and wanted him on our team.”

Bertuzzi had 14 goals and 26 assists last season for the Anaheim Ducks.

The 6-foot-3, 231-pound forward has 580 points in 793 career regular-season games.

The 33-year-old, two-time All-Star has also played for the New York Islanders, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers and Vancouver Canucks.

With the Canucks in 2004, Bertuzzi jumped Colorado Avalanche player Steve Moore during a game, leaving Moore with a broken neck, a concussion and facial cuts.

Bertuzzi was suspended and charged with assault. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation and community service. Moore hasn’t played since the injury.

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  • July 7, 2008

    2:30 p.m.

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    bosco35 writes:

    i can't believe this goon is still playing hockey while steve moore is still out!!!

  • July 7, 2008

    3:04 p.m.

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    BonBon writes:

    Boo to the Flames for picking up this piece of trash. The idea of seeing that face 6 times next season makes me sick. I was hoping that no GM in their right mind would pick up this cancer and that he would remain unsigned.

  • July 7, 2008

    3:14 p.m.

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    Mytoocents writes:

    He sure is making the rounds. When's a GM going to figure out he's worthless, certainly not $1.95 mil. I guess that tells you what's attractive in the league. Don't get me wrong I'm a big time old time hockey fan but this P.O.S. took it too far and still gets a huge paycheck while Moore sits at home doing what ever it is he can do. Too bad the courts didn't just rule that Bertuzzi could earn saaaay $125K/yr (not a bad living mind you) and the rest of his salary would go to Moore. That would let Moore actually benefit in some way from Bertuzzi goonery.

  • July 7, 2008

    7:01 p.m.

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    Large_Marge writes:

    This story just proves that EVERYTHING is about the Bottom Dollar.

    It sickens me.

  • July 8, 2008

    11:34 a.m.

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    goAvs writes:

    That jerk shouldn't be allowed in the NHL. His career in hockey should have ended when Steve Moore's did. Just another example of how money is everything in this world.

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