Flames sign Bertuzzi for one year
Monday, July 7, 2008
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CALGARY, Alberta 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.