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Red Wings' Bertuzzi Would "Lover To Come Back" Next Season


At 39, pending UFA Todd Bertuzzi knows his time with the Red Wings might be up.

I still feel like I can play, and Id love to come back, but I dont know if theres room, Bertuzzi said, per the Detroit Free Press. If theres no room here, or the coaching staff doesnt feel there is a fit for me, Ill look to see if there is anything else out there.

Bertuzzi just wrapped the last of a two-year, $4.15 million deal and, to be blunt, the season was a disappointment he scored nine goals in just 59 appearances, finishing with a minus-17 rating while getting phased out of the lineup down the stretch and into the playoffs, where he only dressed once.

The veteran power forward admitted he was disappointed not to get in the mix during the postseason, but that doesnt seem to have soured him on playing for the Wings having spent the last five years in Detroit, Bertuzzi was effusive in his praise for the city, the organization and his experience playing in Hockeytown.

For more on this story visit: Mike Halford, NBC Sports


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