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Anaheim Ducks sign free-agent forward Todd Bertuzzi to two-year deal

The 32-year-old winger agreed to an US$8-million, two-year deal with the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night, a day after Detroit Red Wings teammate Mathieu Schneider headed to Southern California. Bertuzzi had seven points (3-4) in 16 playoff games with the Wings last season after playing in only 15 regular-season games with Florida and Detroit, totalling 11 points (3-8).

In Anaheim, Bertuzzi is reunited with GM Brian Burke, who brought him to Vancouver where Bertuzzi had a career-high 97 points in 2002-03.

"Todd Bertuzzi is a hard-nosed, physical player and a proven goal-scorer," Burke said in a statement. "Adding another imposing presence to our lineup with scoring touch is something we could not pass up."

Bertuzzi, a native of Sudbury, Ont., was drafted by the New York Islanders in the first round of the 1993 NHL draft. He was acquired by Vancouver from the Islanders with Bryan McCabe and a draft pick in exchange for Trevor Linden on Feb. 6, 1998.

Bertuzzi became an elite power forward in Vancouver, playing in the 2003 and 2004 all-star games. But his success was overshadowed for his on-ice attack on Colorado Avalanche player Steve Moore on March 8, 2004. He punched Moore from behind and drove his head to the ice, breaking Moore's neck and ending his career.

Bertuzzi was suspended for the remainder of the 2003-04 season and the playoffs and for all the 2004-05 season, which was wiped out by a lockout.

He was traded to Florida with Bryan Allen and Alex Auld in exchange for Roberto Luongo, Lukas Krajicek and a draft pick on June 23, 2006.



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