Flames sign Bertuzzi

Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of free agent forward Todd Bertuzzi.

"Todd is a proven scorer with the ability to play both wings," said Sutter. "He expressed to us that he wanted to play in Canada and that desire along with signing him to a one year deal was important to our philosophy. He wanted to play on a good team and it fit our money. Additionally, our captain, Jarome Iginla, was a strong supporter of Todd and wanted him on our team."
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Calgary's right up against the cap, with about $1.8-million to spare before this signing, and still needed a scoring line forward. Bertuzzi would certainly come cheap, coming off a $2.667-million buyout by the Ducks, but it's hard to say what he has left at this point.

He had a pretty rotten season with Anaheim last year, with only 14 goals and 40 points in 68 games, and at age 33 may be nearing the end. Bertuzzi's battled concussion, neck and back problems the past two years, and it's really affected his ability to crash and bang.

Still, he's going to get a chance to play in Calgary, including on the power play, and depending on how big his ticket is, could earn it.

Bertuzzi's really trying to play his way back into a scoring role in the league here. This is a big year for him.

UPDATE It's a $1.95-million contract for 2008-09.

UPDATE Matt Fenwick has a good take on all this.
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