BREAKING: Tyler Bertuzzi Eyeing Free Agency, Bruins Face Challenge to Retain Him

Austin Sabourin
June 9, 2023  (8:55 PM)

Tyler Bertuzzi, a key winger for the Boston Bruins, is set to explore the unrestricted free agent market starting on July 1, as confirmed by an NHL source. Despite his impressive performance in the first 21 games and the playoffs with the Bruins, it appears unlikely that he will re-sign with the team.

Bertuzzi's impending free agency poses a significant financial hurdle for the Bruins, who have limited flexibility to re-sign the 28-year-old fan favorite. In just 21 regular season games, Bertuzzi endeared himself to fans by bringing not only toughness but also offensive contributions, tallying 16 points with 12 assists. He continued to shine in the postseason, recording 10 points in just 7 games, evenly split between goals and assists.
Insider Frank Seravali and AFP Analytics project that Bertuzzi is in line for a lucrative six-year contract worth $5.25 million, carrying a $4.75 million cap hit. This places him among the most sought-after free agents on the market.
During his final media appearance on May 2, Bertuzzi expressed his fondness for his time with the Bruins, noting his family's enjoyment of their stay in Boston. However, he emphasized that several factors, including his daughter's schooling, would play a role in his free agency decision.
The Bruins, aware of Bertuzzi's potential departure, are actively exploring options to retain the talented winger, as reported by Sportsnet Insider Elliotte Friedman on the 32 Thoughts Podcast.
Several teams have expressed interest in acquiring Tyler Bertuzzi, with the Dallas Stars emerging as a primary contender. NHL insider Jeff Marek previously reported the Stars' interest in Bertuzzi before the 2023 NHL Trade Deadline, making them a likely destination if he becomes available in free agency. The Stars are in dire need of a top-six left winger.
Another potential landing spot for Bertuzzi is the Calgary Flames. The Flames endured a disappointing 2022-23 season, failing to meet expectations and missing the playoffs. With significant changes already underway in management and coaching, they are expected to make further roster adjustments. Bertuzzi's toughness and offensive skills could address their needs and bolster their top-six lineup.
As painful as it may be for Bruins fans to contemplate, the Toronto Maple Leafs represent a strong contender for Bertuzzi's services. Rumors of Toronto's interest in the talented forward have circulated for some time, and their pursuit of him this offseason would not be surprising. With several pending unrestricted free agents, the Maple Leafs have room to add a top-six forward like Bertuzzi, potentially strengthening their lineup.
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