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Tyler Bertuzzi Receives NHL Arbitration Award

On Tuesday, the first NHL player to received an arbitration award this offseason is Tyler Bertuzzi of the Detroit Red Wings.

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On Tuesday, the first NHL player to actually go to arbitration and receive an award this offseason is Tyler Bertuzzi of the Detroit Red Wings. He filed for $4.25 million and th Red Wings filed for $3.15 million. As per reports, Bertuzzi winds up getting $3.5 million.

While Bertuzzi has played two full campaigns and parts of four seasons with the Red Wings, GM Steve Yzerman understood that there really wasn’t a need to push this contract. Speculation was that the player wanted a longer term contract but letting it go to an arbitrator means the Red Wings have a high-character, over-achiever on their roster for another season. Time will tell if he’ll ever turn into a top-six player on a good team.

For Bertuzzi, at the age of 25, this deal represents a sizeable raise. He earned $1.4 million last season but lead all Wings with 21 goals (the second consecutive season he reached 21), while also collecting a career-high 48 points (27 assists). If he can continue to produce, he should be in line for another bump. He was drafted 58th overall in 2013.

After the arbitrator award of $3.5 million, the Red Wings have $15.2 million in projected cap space with 22 Players on Roster (13F/7D/2G).

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