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Salary and duration details of Leafs' Tyler Bertuzzi deal leaked by insider


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Sam Jones
June 2, 2024  (8:07)
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Salary and duration details of Leafs' Tyler Bertuzzi deal leaked by insider
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The Toronto Maple Leafs are reportedly in discussions with Tyler Bertuzzi, a free agent forward, looking to forge a potentially beneficial deal for both parties.

The insider scoop from Jordan Schmaltz suggests that Bertuzzi seeks a three-year contract valued at $4.75 million annually, augmented by a substantial $7 million in signing bonuses.
This proposed financial package marks a slight decrease from Bertuzzi's previous one-year contract with the Leafs, which was pegged at $5 million. This adjustment in salary could hint at Bertuzzi's strategy to trade a higher annual income for greater long-term security—a move that might align perfectly with the Leafs' ambitions.
During his last season, Bertuzzi contributed 21 goals and a total of 43 points over 80 games, a step down from his career-high of 62 points during the 2021-22 season with the Red Wings. Now at 29, it's unlikely that Bertuzzi will dramatically increase these numbers, but his consistent performance and experience could be exactly what the Leafs need.
While playing alongside Auston Matthews, Bertuzzi might not have met every Leafs fan's offensive expectations, but he brought invaluable qualities to the team—competitiveness, physicality, and a notably pesky demeanor. These traits are something the Leafs have been looking to enhance in their lineup.
With such a deal on the horizon, it appears the Leafs could secure Bertuzzi's services up until he turns 32, a strategic move that would prevent him from entering free agency. This signing could be a key piece in stabilizing the Leafs' roster as they aim for higher achievements in the upcoming seasons.
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Salary and duration details of Leafs' Tyler Bertuzzi deal leaked by insider

In your opinion, will the Leafs be able to sign Tyler Bertuzzi for less than $5 million?

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