Tyler Bertuzzi gives Bruins prime bulletin board material

Bertuzzi is on the other side now!

Michael W.

At last season's National Hockey League Trade Deadline, the Boston Bruins acquired gritty winger Tyler Bertuzzi in a trade with the Detroit Red Wings. Bertuzzi proved to be a valuable addition for the Bruins, particularly during his first postseason appearance, where he emerged as one of their most impactful performers with five goals and five assists in the stunning seven-game loss to the Florida Panthers. 

This past summer Bertuzzi joined his 3rd Original 6 team, inking a one-year, $5.5 million deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs, which fell short of the multi-year deal he had reportedly sought. Speculation suggested that Bertuzzi's departure from Detroit at the 2023 Deadline stemmed from his desire for a longer-term contract, a proposition that Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman appeared unwilling to give. 

Despite a slow start to the year with his new team, Bertuzzi's stats began to take off in recent weeks, and he finished with 21 goals and 22 assists as the Leafs earned 3rd place in the Atlantic Division. And as fate would have it, the Leafs will be facing Bertuzzi's former Boston teammates in Round 1 of the upcoming Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

Having already been a member of the Bruins, Bertuzzi knows full well what to expect going up against them. 

Bertuzzi then gave the Bruins some prime bulletin board material by proclaiming that he can't wait "to shut 'em down". 

“They play good as a team," he said. "Good goaltending. They have some top players who can score goals. We’re excited to shut ‘em down.”

The former Bruin isn't the only player in this series who has played for the other side. James van Riemsdyk, now with Boston, played several years with the Leafs and was with them during their recent postseason heartbreaks against the Bruins. 

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Source: Sportskeeda