Bertuzzi to have an extension signed by the end of the week..
.. according to SportsNet's Nick Kypreos. Word out of Vancouver is that Burke & Bertuzzi have agreed to terms on a deal, but in a deal of this magnitude, Burke must 'OK' it with Canuck owner John McCaw. Apperantly McCaw has never refused a request to spend money on resigning players by Burke, so there is major hope for optimism.
Kypreos reported that the figure will be 'around $7 million - 8 million after bonuses'. I have personally heard that Bertuzzi is asking for, essentially, the exact same deal Naslund has right now (ie: This year), but with even more bonuses.
This would be very good news for small to mid market NHL teams, to see a 'bottom half' team resign a top 20 player in the NHL to a big extension.
Oh right, forgot to mention, the extension would be for 3 years. I am not sure if they are tearing up the contract he has right now, or just adding to it. So minimum 3 years, possibly 4.
there are only two guys worth 8 mill per - lidstrom and bertuzzi. I am a small market team fan and even Iwould say that the nucks are doing well if they sign bertuzzi to a 3 year 21-24 mill deal.
BTW, on Hockey Night in Toronto, it was rumoured that this deal replaces the current deal and adds two years. So bert would be ufa after three years, including this one.
That's cool. Idealy, I'd like to keep Bertuzzi until he's at least 32 years of age. After that, well, maybe it would be a good time to trade him - that is, unless we've gotten a Cup by then, in which case I'd like to keep any guys who were getting us cups!
As for Naslund, yeah he does have a groin injury, but I don't think it's hurting his play. Naslund has actually played very well if you asked me. He was the key on the Morrison goal today, but he didn't get a point. As I'm sure he would tell you, if the team is winning games, it shouldn't be a big issue. Though I'm sure the rest of us would rest easier if he popped a goal against Detroit.