Just when it seemed that the "silly season" was turning into a snooze-fest, things got interesting on Monday when the Calgary Flames announced that Todd Bertuzzi will be joining their corps for the 2008-09 season. The journeyman winger signed a one year contract with the Flames. The amount has yet to be disclosed. Update: The one year deal is valued at $1.95 million, a severe pay decrease from the $4 million per year he was slated to make with Anaheim. But his buyout from the Ducks combined with the current year salary still has Bertuzzi making roughly $3.33 million for the 2008-09 season plus at least another $1.33 million for the 2009-2010 season.
Without going too far into his sordid history (again), Bertuzzi was selected in the 1st Round, 23rd overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the Isles. Since then he has suited up for the Isles, Canucks, Panthers, Red Wings and Ducks. He has played in 793 games scoring 240 goals and adding 340 assists for 680 points. Bert has a career -26 ratings along with 1147 penalty minutes and 30 game winning goals. He is a hearty underperformer in the playoffs where he has played 46 games to the tune of 23 points (9 goals, 14 assists).
We wish Todd the best in Calgary and will update as soon as we learn of a dollar figure.