New member. I've been eyeing this forum for over a month now. Great dialague.
For the most part, I agree that perhaps Bertuzzi's signing was either too much or premature. Many dont like it simply becasue of what he did in the past. The fact is, I dont think that Burke makes many dumb moves. I personally trust this move, moving forward. He's had a few bad years, but so did Temmu and then came back strong.
I also dont beleive that Temmu is all that upset at his contract. This is a business folks and one cant just wait around while potential talent is waiting.
There is something Burkie sees in Bert, much like what he saw in May.
I enjoyed reading some of the past threads about May when he was first signed. It will be fun reading the threads about Bertuzzi next April.
I'm certainly not going to knock BB and as previously stated if there is any one who can light a fire under Bert its Carlyle. The big difference between May and Bert is that we got May when it became evident that teams were asking too much for players at the deadline and he coast us little. The Bert signing ties up a good chunk off change, taking us out of the FA market. Also much more will and should be asked of Bert than May. Plus May is a good locker room guy and that was pretty much known when we picked him up. Bert's dedication has been previously questioned.
I'm not comparing May and Bert, but rather suggesting that BB seems to know something, or have a good feeling. BB has been clear about spending too much for certain players. Why would Bert be an exception in this case?
Bert will score many more goals than May as we all probably agree. Whether he desires 4M a year, we'll see. My guess is, if he plays at least 80% of all games, I have a good feeling about this move.