The Toronto Maple Leafs and forward Tyler Bertuzzi have agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth $5.5 million annually. Bertuzzi will earn the league minimum ($775,000) as base salary and was given a $4.725 million dollar signing bonus. Maple Leafs general manager Brad Treliving also gave Bertuzzi a full no-movement clause. The Sudbury, Ontario native was drafted in the second round at 58th overall to the Detroit Red Wings in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Bertuzzi made his NHL debut in the 2016-17 season, where he played seven games for the Red Wings that season. In Bertuzzi’s 2022-23 season, he split the season between the Detroit Red Wings (29 games) and the Boston Bruins (16 games). Bertuzzi scored four goals and ten assists for 14 points with the Red Wings, he also scored four goals and 12 assists for 16 points with the Bruins. While the Bruins didn’t go as deep as they would’ve hoped to in the playoffs, Bertuzzi was a massive impact in his seven games wearing the spoked B in the post-season. Bertuzzi notched five goals and assists for ten points during Boston’s playoff series.
Throughout Bertuzzi’s seven-year NHL career, he’s played 326 games scoring 92 goals and 126 assists for 218 total points. Bertuzzi is known for playing with jam, he plays the rougher and dirtier areas which has amassed him 195 penalty minutes and 314 career hits. While the number isn’t as high as you’d expect, Bertuzzi’s impact is felt on the ice, and his tendency to play till the final buzzer is what will make him a fan favorite.