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Red Wings have deal in place for Bertuzzi

Todd Bertuzzi

 

Todd Bertuzzi

 

TSN.ca Staff

 

2/27/2007 2:22:11 PM

 

Todd Bertuzzi's stay in the Sunshine State could be short-lived, as the Florida Panthers have agreed on a package to trade the veteran power forward to the Detroit Red Wings.

 

In return, Detroit gets a conditional draft pick and a prospect.

 

Bertuzzi, 31, is in the final season of a four-year, $27.8 million contract and will become an unrestricted free agent in July.

 

The Panthers acquired him from the Vancouver Canucks in a package for goaltender Roberto Luongo last June.

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Bertuzzi, one of the game's dominant power forwards, has been hampered by a herniated disk this season. He had one goal and seven points in just seven games prior to suffering the injury.

 

I'm confused, it speaks as if it's a done deal, but then also uses the words "could" and "in place."

 

Head scratcher.

 

Some highlights:

 

11:29 - Duthie asks Mike Keenan about the Luongo trade: "What were you thinking?" Keenan said he offered Luongo $30 million dollars and wouldn't take it... "But is that the best you could've done?"

 

2:21 - Duthie reminds Keenan that the guy he acquired for Roberto Luongo (Bertuzzi) has now been traded for a conditional draft pick. Mike is taking it well. If I were Duthie I would get a security escort out of that studio.

 

http://tsn.ca/tsn_talent/columnists/jay_onrait/?id=197865

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The prospect is Shawn Matthias, a big center drafted in the 2nd round last year. Don't know anything about him, but the Red Wings always draft well, so there must be something there.

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I love how conflicted the evaluation of that guy is.

 

On the one hand is a big fast forechecker, on the other hand, he'll be lucky to be a third line guy and he doesn't play physical. :blink:

 

Either way, I guess it's good to get something for Bertuzzi, but that Luongo trade looks just plain nauseating now.

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Matthias was a late round pick in the 2004 OHL Priority Draft, as such it was surprising that he made the Belleville Bulls as an under-aged player. Used to being a top star with his Minor Midgets team (he had a 31-goal season with the Mississauga Senators Minor Midgets in 2003-04), in his freshman OHL season the big center only tallied two points (one goal) in 37 games. After a slow start last fall, Matthias really progressed as this season went along. With 34 points in 67 games, and a seven game scoring streak in January, Belleville counted on Matthias more and more as the season wore on.

 

In April, Matthias played for Canada in the Under-18 World Junior Championships in Sweden, where he scored one goal in seven games. However, Matthias played his best hockey all season in the playoffs for the Bulls, leading the team with three goals in their first round series which was lost against the Brampton Battalion.

 

Matthias is used to being overlooked and then working hard to shine. As the 2005-06 season went along, he looked like he was getting more and more comfortable in an offensive role for the Bulls.

 

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He can skate and handle the puck, but he still needs to work on his two-way play. Never one to shy away from hard work.

 

 

http://hockeysfuture.com/prospects/shawn_matthias

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Just a fun trip down memory lane:

 

http://www.marlinbaseball.com/forums/index...showtopic=63445

 

And for everyone who tarred and feathered me for saying:

 

One player doesn't change the defense, and Allen isn't exactly a difference maker by himself.

 

Really, the Panthers got raped on this one and I fail to see any way to say other wise.

 

Bertuzzi's an impending free-agent and I guarantee you he doesn't want to stay, nevermind the fact that he's coming off a 70 point -17 season and is pretty much negated by the new rules.

 

No one, and I mean no one, is going to want to come to Florida; Luongo was the main reason people would even give the Panthers half a chance because a goalie of that quality meant there was a chance on any given night.

 

I told you so. How's crow taste?

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Just a fun trip down memory lane:

 

http://www.marlinbaseball.com/forums/index...showtopic=63445

 

And for everyone who tarred and feathered me for saying:

 

One player doesn't change the defense, and Allen isn't exactly a difference maker by himself.

 

Really, the Panthers got raped on this one and I fail to see any way to say other wise.

 

Bertuzzi's an impending free-agent and I guarantee you he doesn't want to stay, nevermind the fact that he's coming off a 70 point -17 season and is pretty much negated by the new rules.

 

No one, and I mean no one, is going to want to come to Florida; Luongo was the main reason people would even give the Panthers half a chance because a goalie of that quality meant there was a chance on any given night.

 

I told you so. How's crow taste?

 

I like mine grilled

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So, let me get this straight, with Auld sucking and gone and Bertuzzi having done nothing (excuse me, I am extremely pissed off)

 

WE TRADED THE f***ING BEST GOALIE IN HOCKEY FOR AN ABOVE AVERAGE DEFENSIVEMAN?

 

I know this criticizing the Luongo trade has been beaten to death, but the Panthers could have been real good this year, and trading Luongo has set us back probably a few years in terms of building a winning team.

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Is Keenan the worst GM in Sports over the past 10 years? Luongo might not even be the worst trade in panthers history.

 

Yeah it is. Bure to the Rangers was very very bad, but at least it got a 1st round pick back, that's more than can be said of the Luongo one (and this is from THE biggest Bure fan in the world).

 

Either way, Keenan sure pulled the trigger on two awfully one sided trads of superstars that were sold for 30 cents on the dollar.

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The Penguins at least had an excuse with getting nothing for Jagr when everyone in the league knew they were trying to dump his salary. What's the Panthers' excuse? The consistently dumb moves like this are the reasons why I'm no longer a Panthers fan and could care less if they move to KC (btw, get the idea that a popular team in a good market should not even be talked about for relocation?).

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