Bertuzzi left the Detroit Red Wings for the Stanley Cup champion
Ducks, who agreed with the right winger on an $8 million deal.
"It's pretty special for a winning team to find room to fit me
in and to have the opportunity to play," Bertuzzi said during a
conference call from Ontario.
The 32-year-old power forward is coming off an injury-plagued
season. He played in only 15 games with the Florida Panthers and
Detroit Red Wings because of a back injury.
"I know what this guy can do for a hockey team and I don't
think it's too much to pay financially," general manager Brian
At his best, Bertuzzi was an All-Star with the Vancouver
Canucks. He's scored 226 goals and 540 points in 725 career games.
During the 2002-03 season, he had 46 goals and 51 assists.
"Todd Bertuzzi is a hard-nosed, physical player and a proven
goal-scorer," Burke said. "Adding another imposing presence to
our lineup with scoring touch is something we could not pass up."
Burke was the Canucks' general manager when Bertuzzi emerged as
an impact player.
"We had success in Vancouver when Todd was there because we had
a strong coach, we worked together as a team ... and Todd
flourished in that atmosphere," Burke said during the conference
call. "I'm comfortable that he'll do that again with [Ducks coach]
Bertuzzi's career has stalled since he was suspended in March
2004 for sucker-punching Steve Moore of the Avalanche during a
game. Bertuzzi missed the rest of that season and the playoffs. He
was reinstated after the lockout of 2005.
He was drafted by the New York Islanders in the first round,
23rd overall, in 1993.