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Bertuzzi, Wings close to two -year extension

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The Detroit Free Press is reporting the Detroit Red Wings could announce a two-year contract extension for forward Todd Bertuzzi as soon as Thursday.

Bertuzzi, 37, has 12 goals, 17 assists and a plus-21 rating in 54 games this season, most of whch he's spent on the team's top line, alongside Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen.

He's in the final season of a two-year contract that has an average annual value of $1,937,500. The newspaper is reporting the new contract would have a salary-cap hit of $2.2 million per season.

The newspaper quotes Bertuzzi's agent, Pat Morris, as saying, "We're working at it, and getting closer."

Bertuzzi is in the third season of his second stint with the Red Wings (he played eight games in 2006-07, then returned in 2009-10). In 225 games, he has 48 goals and 74 assists. He's also been pretty durable, missing just eight games the last three seasons.

Originally drafted by the New York Islanders in the first round of the 1993 Entry Draft (No. 23), Bertuzzi has 301 goals and 441 assists in 1,076 games with the Islanders, Canucks, Panthers, Red Wings, Ducks and Flames.

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He still brings something to the table, grit, leadership, one of the best shootout guys in the game. 40-45 points a year. Think he is overused on the first line, but it frees up the spreading of talent three lines deep and while he doesnt excel he doesnt embarrass himself. Horrible start this year, has been playing great hockey for a couple of months now and deserves to be resigned.

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@hf101 I think Holmstrom will be back for another go-round, but Lidstrom is probably gone. Personal opinion though, I think it should be the other way around....

I think it will depend on how this year ends for Lidstrom. I think this may be Homer's last season. We've got too many kids that need to get ice time to develop. They've waited long enough. I still miss Draper taking draws (he was one of my favorite Red Wings, actually) but it was time for him to go. I think same for Homer.

I think the end of the season and whether or not Homer stays will influence Lidstrom's decision. I hope I'm wrong. I hope he stays. We will NOT be the same team without him. It won't be as bad as the Montreal game might have suggested, but it won't be good either.

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