Forward Tyler Bertuzzi, who is coming off a one-year contract signed last offseason, is set to become a restricted free-agent.
With seven points in the first nine games, Bertuzzi was Detroit’s leading scorer at the time of his injury in late January against the Dallas Stars. However, the Red Wings don’t have any intention of letting the hard-nosed forward seek other hockey opportunities.
While discussing the recent acquisition of goaltender Alexander Nedeljkovic, Yzerman said that not only is his goal to re-sign Bertuzzi, but to keep him in the Motor City long term.
“We want to keep Tyler her in the organization,” he said. “My hope is that we can figure something out so that he remains with the Red Wings not only this year, but in the future.”
The nephew of former NHL All-Star and Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi, the Red Wings selected Tyler 58th overall (Round 2) of the 2013 NHL Draft. During the 2019-20 NHL Season, Bertuzzi led all Red Wings scorers with 21 goals (27 assists) while putting up a career high 48 points.
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