Until the incident a few yrs ago that bertuzzi was involved in, he was a top flight power forward. Bertuzzi has the skill, that detroit has long been acquiring, and if bertuzzi can stay healthy, should be a great fit in the detroit line up. back problems and hockey do not go together very well. Many greats have had back problems and still performed at the top of their games. Do not forget, bertuzzi has only played like 15 games this year, so if he is ready to return, his legs will be fresh, and once he gets in game shape, he should be a dominate force. Any word on which line he will play on??? And remember, the playoffs are a totally different season and way of playing than the regular season.
The bertuzzi trade was a response trade to what some of the other teams in the west had been doing, like san jose acquiring guerin and rivet, vancouver getting smolinski and sopel. And a number of lesser deals too. Detroit has always been thinking about playoffs runs, and this could help them go deep in the playoffs. This could turn out to be a great steal for detroit if bertuzzi fits in and plays well.