Tyler Bertuzzi moving on from Maple Leafs.
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Tyler Bertuzzi moving on from Maple Leafs.

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Tyler Bertuzzi is headed to free agency on July 1st.

Jonathan Larivee

The Toronto Maple Leafs will lose forward Tyler Bertuzzi to free agency.

According to a report from National Hockey League insider Darren Dreger, the Maple Leafs will not be able to retain Bertuzzi and the 29 year old forward will instead walk away as a free agent on July 1st.

It sounds like this was simply a matter of dollars and cents with Dreger reporting that the Maple Leafs were priced out of negotiations, with Bertuzzi reportedly seeking a multi-year deal with an average annual value and salary cap hit of over $5 million per season.

Bertuzzi was an effective player for the Maple Leafs over the course of the 2023-24 NHL season, scoring 21 goals and adding 22 asissts for a total of 43 points. In the playoffs he also produced a goal and 3 assists for a total of 4 points over the course of the Maple Leafs 7 playoff games this season.

Bertuzzi was seeking a longer term deal last summer when he signed with the Maple Leafs after being unable to find such a deal on the open market, but it seems the veteran forward is once again willing to test his luck.