Tyler Bertuzzi

Blackhawks officially sign top-six forward Tyler Bertuzzi to 4-year deal

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The Chicago Blackhawks have officially signed top-six forward Tyler Bertuzzi to a four-year contract at a cap hit of $5.5 million, the team announced on Monday.

"Tyler is fantastic competitor who brings energy every night," Blackhawks GM Kyle Davidson said in a statement. "He has enjoyed consistent offensive success throughout his career and we look forward to watching Tyler to continue to produce at the high level he’s shown he is capable of.”

Bertuzzi, 29, registered 43 points (21 goals, 22 assists) in 80 games this past season with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He added four points (one goal, three assists) in seven postseason contests.

Bertuzzi is exactly the kind of top-six forward the Blackhawks needed to land this summer. He's an agitating player to play against and makes a living going to the dirty areas, which sounds like an ideal winger for Connor Bedard.

Bertuzzi scored 30 goals and 62 points in 80 games with the Detroit Red Wings just two years ago. He's got a respectable offensive ceiling, too.

Aside from locking up Alex Vlasic to a six-year extension, Bertuzzi's four-year deal is the first contract Blackhawks GM Kyle Davidson has given out that's more than two years. Four years is a nice sweet spot for a player who can help the team take the next step without handcuffing the Blackhawks once they're ready to pay their new core.

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