As a Canucks fan, I was pleased to hear that the NHL has re-instated Todd Bertuzzi. He was suspended indefinitely in March 2004 for an attack on Colorado Avalanche player Steve Moore (who may or may not be ready to play again soon). In light of how the rest of the teams in the Canucks division have been loading up, we’ll definitely need him in uniform.
The NHL has released a ten-page decision (PDF, like some kind of hockey supreme court) on the ruling:
After listening to Mr. Bertuzzi and his wife Julie Bertuzzi, I have no doubt that this period of indefinite suspension has been marked by uncertainty, anxiety, stress and emotional pain for the Bertuzzi family. Other NHL players who were faced with the uncertainty caused by the seemingly indefinite nature of the work stoppage at least were able to take solace in the fact that during the period of the work stoppage they could seek employment outside of the NHL playing professional hockey, and that upon resumption of NHL play, they could immediately resume their NHL careers. Mr. Bertuzzi was not in such a position.
In other news, the Canucks signed the NHL’s only Korean player, Richard Park, to a one-year deal. He’s a defensively-responsible, slighly-undersized winger, good for 15-20 goals a year. He comes cheap at $750,000. I expect that he’ll be auditioned next to the Sedin twins.