Tyler Bertuzzi, once a fan favorite in Detroit, has found a new home with the Boston Bruins where he seems to have seamlessly integrated himself into the team’s culture. Bertuzzi’s tough, gritty style of play has been an asset to the already loaded Bruins roster and has won him many fans in Boston who are already hoping he will return next season. However, this raises the question did the Red Wings undervalue Bertuzzi’s contributions and failed to recognize his potential?

Although the trade that sent Tyler Bertuzzi to the Bruins in exchange for a 2024 protected first-round pick and a 2025 fourth-round pick was a favorable one in terms of draft capital, it came with a catch. The Red Wings agreed to retain 50 percent of Bertuzzi’s salary. While you got more picks for the future, the trade itself left some wondering whether it was worth giving up a player who had developed such strong chemistry with his former teammates and held significant value in the locker room. One of those teammates being his best friend and Captain of the Detroit Red Wings, Dylan Larkin.

Bertuzzi’s impact in the locker room and his ability to make big plays on the ice make him a valuable asset for any team, and it remains to be seen whether the draft picks acquired in the trade will ultimately make up for the loss of such a talented player. Nonetheless, Boston fans are excited to have Bertuzzi on their side as they make a push for the Stanley Cup.

Bertuzzi Shining with Bruins

Since joining the Bruins, Bertuzzi has played in 19 games and recorded an impressive 14 points, including 3 goals and 11 assists, which would put him on track for a 60+ point season. In comparison, he had 14 points (4 goals, 10 assists) in 29 games with the Red Wings before being traded. While it remains uncertain what Bertuzzi’s price tag will be for next season, Boston fans are already clamoring for more of his chemistry with David Pastrnak. Highlighting how the Red Wings may have undervalued what he brings to the ice on any given night.

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By Published On: April 10th, 2023Categories: Detroit Red Wings, NHL

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