The Canucks Legend, Not Welcome In Detroit
Vancouver Canucks most exciting player 2000, 2002, 2003, and 2004. The longest points scoring streak in Canucks history (tied). NHL All-star 2003 and 2004.
When Detroit signed him, I didn’t know any of those records, and I didn’t know he had a total of 255 goals, and 624 points in his 859 games.
What I did know, was that he ended Steve Moore’s career.
I wasn’t pleased at the signing, even after we’d lost Samuelsson, Hudler and Hossa and we were in dire need of a good offensive forward. I wasn’t pleased when we signed him the first time round, let alone picked him up 3 years later. I didn’t want him on the team, and comments from other Red Wings fans I know seemed pretty similar.
In the last two games, he’s scored 4 goals, 2 of which were OT winners, securing maximum points and back-to-back wins over the Duck and the Predators. But I’d still waive him in a heatbeat.
The problem with Bertuzzi is he’s at opposite ends of the spectrum. He’s either über aggressive, which attracts penalties, or he’s so lacklustre (presumably to avoid penalties) that he’s no use, and we might as well be playing with 4 skaters. The game will start and Bertuzzi will put in a couple of good shifts. All it will take will be a penalty call against him, and that’ll be it. He’ll be AWOL for a period at the very least. The Friday night game against the Ducks was a good example. Bertuzzi took a hooking call in the first period, and promptly backed off the pace for the next 30 minutes of hockey. He only game around to the idea of putting some bite into it at the end of the game. He had two shots in the whole game, one in the 3rd (goal) and one in OT (goal). Now, for your 2nd line forwards to hit just two shots, and waiting until the end of the 3rd to really get into the groove is not acceptable.
It seems like whenever a call is made against Bertuzzi, he panics. Maybe he thinks the refs are out to get him, and that they’re prejudiced against him? I’m sure it’s not the case, but even if they were, I’d probably understand. He destroyed Steve Moore’s career with a cheap shot to the back of the head. It was a cowardly and selfish act. Yes he was suspended for over a year, yes he lost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and yes his name will be tarnished for the rest of his career. But you know what? He deserves it.
I’m grateful for the points, and I’m grateful for the wins, but I’d rather we didn’t have Bertuzzi in a Red Wings jersey.
“It’s not who we are underneath, but what we do that defines us” – Batman Begins