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Battered And Bertuzzied

Posted 8:59 PM ET | Comments 3
The Vancouver Canucks took it on the chin yesterday. And the feeling that I got reading the Canucks.com message boards, the fans are none too impressed with the gentleman wearing black number 4.

Todd Bertuzzi joined the Vancouver Canucks all most ten years ago to the day. He was a young, underachieving forward in the the New York Islanders system. Being aquired in a trade that saw Trevor Linden (Mr. Vancouver Canuck) go the other way meant that Bertuzzi and fellow Islander Bryan McCabe were going to have some rather large shoes to fill. McCabe was eventually delt to the Chicago Blackhawks for one of the draft picks which allowed then GM Brian Burke to land both Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

Bertuzzi on the other hand slowly in a rather boisterous way became a fan favourite scoring highlight reel goals and playing with the reckless abandonment that this city seems to thrive off of. Todd Bertuzzi was all the fan favourites rolled into one 6'3" frame weighting in at 240 lbs. Pavel Bure's hands, Martin Gelinas' heart, Mogilny's speed, Steamer's (Stan Smyl) toughness. Todd Bertuzzi was king of this city. Until....

Until that fateful evening. March 8. 2004

Now there is no reason to rehash the details of that crazy night at GM Place. Todd Bertuzzi made a massive error in judgement and paid a price for it. Was it enough? Maybe not, but the NHL seems to have forgiven him. And still, fans of the Vancouver Canucks (that turned on Bertuzzi) seem to overlook all that Todd brought to the city.

Although the Canucks line-up yesterday afternoon consisted mostly of rookies, Todd Bertuzzi took the opportunity to show the Vancouver Canucks that he still has it. Does Todd Bertuzzi make that Canucks better than Roberto Luongo makes the Vancouver Canucks? Not a chance. But Todd Bertuzzi showed yesterday that he still has the ability to single handedly, change the face of a game.
Filed Under:   Canucks   Ducks   Bertuzzi  
September 24, 2007 11:24 PM ET | Delete
Clever title, emotional read. Thumbs up.
September 24, 2007 11:45 PM ET | Delete
As a Duck's fan, I'd like to thank the Canucks for hardly playing anybody of significance during last nights game. The Ducks have looked really flat during pre-season(yes I know, It's PRE-season) and I was beginning to understand what others meant by the term Stanley Cup hangover. It's amazing what a 5-0 beat down will do for a season ticket holders confidence. I still think we will be lucky to be at .500 after the first 2 weeks of the season, but at least I saw a glimmer of how good this team might be. Thanks Vancouver!
September 25, 2007 12:37 AM ET | Delete
Classy piece. Thanks for writing it.
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