The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that they have signed forward Tyler Bertuzzi to a one-year, $5.5 million contract. The signing comes after Bertuzzi’s stint with the Boston Bruins, where he was acquired in exchange for a 2024 first-round pick and a 2025 fourth-round selection.
🖊 We’ve signed forward Tyler Bertuzzi to a one-year contract pic.twitter.com/T8PLhhOqRP
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 2, 2023
Bertuzzi, 28, had a solid 2022-23 season, scoring 8 goals and 30 points in 50 games. The Sudbury, Ontario native is known for his aggressive play and offensive contributions, much like his uncle, former NHL forward Todd Bertuzzi.
The Maple Leafs have been active in free agency, also signing forwards Max Domi and Ryan Reaves. Domi, son of former Maple Leafs enforcer Tie Domi, signed a one-year, $3-million contract. Reaves, known for his physical presence, inked a three-year deal.
The signing of Bertuzzi comes amidst ongoing trade rumors surrounding William Nylander. Reports suggest that the Leafs and Nylander are far apart on a contract, with the forward seeking $10 million per year. If an agreement cannot be reached, a trade may be the next step, with the Anaheim Ducks as a potential partner.
Maple Leafs General Manager Brad Treliving expressed excitement about the addition of Bertuzzi, stating, “Tyler brings a unique combination of skill, grit, and experience to our lineup. We believe he will be a valuable asset as we continue to build a competitive team.”
Bertuzzi’s signing has been well-received by analysts, with The Hockey Writers grading the move as an “A”. The one-year term allows Bertuzzi to prove his worth on a contending team and potentially secure a long-term deal next summer.
Fans and teammates alike are eager to see how Bertuzzi will fit into the Maple Leafs’ lineup. His aggressive play and scoring ability should complement the team’s existing talent and contribute to their pursuit of a deep playoff run.
As the Maple Leafs continue to make moves in free agency, all eyes will be on the potential trade of Nylander and the impact of their new signings on the team’s performance in the upcoming season.