With just under two months till the NHL trade deadline, the question has arisen, should the Detroit Red Wings re-sign Tyler Bertuzzi to a long-term contract, or should they trade him? Bert has just returned to the Red Wings lineup from his second injury of the season, and the question has been talked about since before the season started and was even talked about a little last year.
Tyler Bertuzzi Red Wings Career
The Wings drafted Bertuzzi in the second round of the 2013 NHL entry draft with the 58th overall pick.
- He made his debut for Detroit on November 8th, 2016 appeared in seven games that season.
- He scored his first career point on December 27, 2017, against the New Jersey Devils.
- He scored his first career goal on January 14, 2018, against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Tyler Bertuzzi has appeared in 286 games throughout his career, scoring 85 goals and 107 assists for 192 points. In the 2018-19 season, he played his most games in a single season with 73 games. His best statistical season was the last one, where he scored 30 goals and 32 assists for 62 points, ranking him second on the team in points. However, due to a lack of vaccination, he did not appear in any games played in Canada last season, resulting in the Red Wings going 2-7-0 in Canada.
Why do the Wings Need To Keep Bertuzzi?
This season in the ten games Bertuzzi has played, he has scored one goal and four assists for five points. If they were to lose him in a trade, they would be losing a top-six forward that is a homegrown talent and has done nothing but produce when he has been on the ice.
The Bertuzzi Impact
- The Red Wings are 7-1-2 when Bertuzzi played
- They are 10-14-5 in games where Bertuzzi has not played
If the Red Wings were to trade forward Tyler Bertuzzi, they could potentially receive a significant return. However, it's important to consider the impact of losing Bertuzzi and his offensive talent on the team. Additionally, Bertuzzi has had a history of injuries.
Based on the team's record without him and his offensive contributions, I would choose to re-sign him long-term and keep him on the team. However, it's worth considering what other options may be available for the team. What would you do with Bertuzzi? Let us know in the comments below.