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10-20-2003, 11:34 AM
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The big turn around happened right after he got a 10 game suspension for coming off the bench to join a fight. I'm guessing watching from the press box made him realize that hehas to play smarter. For the most part, he's also been able to keep his emotions in check (yeah, he does ***** and whine, but he doesn't usually explode and get extra 2 mins or anything).
(note for BCers - bertuzzi is on 'snapshots' with J.H. at 3:30pm today)
Bertuzzi has stated in the past that the fight that cost him 10 games wasn't really a factor in his maturity. Maybe this is what he says, but it may have something to do with the maturity.
The thing with Bertuzzi was he actually did show he could be a star player, but wasn't consistent. He actually was pretty consistent with back to back 25 ish goal, 50 ish point seasons....which is pretty good.
Problem was he didn't bring it all every game.
I think with him, he is coached better in Vancouver, has chemistry with Naz, and was relieved of huge expectations from NYI.
Most of all, I think his greatness is attributed to him not being mentored by Clark Gillies, like the Islanders tried to!!!
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