Tyler Bertuzzi poised to return to old club?

A reunion with the scrappy forward?



The Toronto Maple Leafs have no shortage of pending free agents on their roster, with one of the notable figures set to hit the open market on July 1 being scrappy forward Tyler Bertuzzi. As you remember, he was inked by the Maple Leafs last summer to a one year, "prove it" style contract worth $5 million, marking his 3rd Original 6 team he'd suit up for. 

After a slower start to the season offensively, Bertuzzi would ultimately score 21 goals with 22 assists and contributed a goal with three assists in the playoffs, a seven-game series loss to his former Boston Bruins teammates. Last year, he was traded to the Bruins from the Detroit Red Wings, with whom he began his NHL career after being selected with the 58th pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. 

Could Bertuzzi actually find himself wearing the black and yellow of the Bruins next season once again? Don't be surprised, according to the Bruins Benders podcast: 

But could Bertuzzi also consider returning to where it all began for him? According to Adam Proteau of The Hockey News and The Toronto Star, there also stands a chance of a reunion in the Motor City: 

"Bertuzzi's greasy game is exactly what the Red Wings need more of," he wrote. "And, of course, his seven years with the Wings were very good to him.

Detroit has about $29.3 million in cap space, and with the Wings trying desperately to get back into the Stanley Cup playoff picture, Bertuzzi's willingness to bounce around in high-impact areas should be highly appealing."

It will be an interesting offseason in terms of where Bertuzzi ultimately ends up. 

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