When the Red Wings signed Todd Bertuzzi(notes) to a one-year contract back in August I didn't make too much of it. Just a recycled veteran on his last legs, right? When Bertuzzi won the Nov. 28 game at St. Louis with a nifty shootout score, it didn't mean a lot to me. There's no real fantasy value to be had here, right?
Time to forget all those preconceived notions, gamers. The Todd Bertuzzi Rejuvenation Tour is in full effect and you're going to want in on this.
Bertuzzi has been Detroit's best forward for three weeks now, plain and simple. He's forced his way onto the first line with Pavel Datsyuk(notes) and Tomas Holmstrom(notes) and as unreal as it sounds, Bertuzzi is starting to play like he did in the Vancouver days. He's pushing people around, dominating the corners, getting plenty of shots on goal and lighting the lamp plenty.
Bertuzzi scored his ninth goal of the year in Thursday's 3-0 victory over Tampa Bay, giving him five goals over his last four games. He had the game-tying goal and the overtime winner against Anaheim a week ago, then followed up with another overtime winner at Nashville the following night. He's got 17 shots in his last three games and 10 penalty minutes in his last six starts. What else could a fantasy owner want? But wait, there's more.
Bertuzzi offers dual-wing eligibility in the Yahoo! Game, so you can dial him up as a left wing or a right wing. Sounds almost too good to be true, doesn't it? And he's available in 84 percent of the Y! leagues out there. Time to work on that ownership number, peeps. This comeback is very real.
Detroit's starting to feel good about its hockey team again, too – Jimmy Howard(notes) was superb in Thursday's shutout (30 saves) and the Red Wings have won four in a row. Alas, the news isn't all rosy; Henrik Zetterberg(notes) was forced out of Thursday's game with an upper-body injury (courtesy of a crunching Mattias Ohlund(notes) hit) and might be out of action for a while. And so it goes.