Big Bert’s back: Todd Bertuzzi signs PTO with Ottawa Senators’ AHL team

Todd Bertuzzi is back, and he’ll be suiting up with the Ottawa Senators AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators. Bertuzzi, who turns 40 in February, signed a PTO with Binghamton on Friday. In 1,159 NHL games, Bertuzzi has 770 points.

Earlier this week, there was a report the Ottawa Senators’ AHL team, the Binghamton Senators, had signed veteran Todd Bertuzzi to a pro tryout contract. While that initial report was proven false, there may have been something to it as Binghamton inked Bertuzzi to a tryout on Friday.

Bertuzzi hasn’t played all season, and last saw game action on April 24, 2014, in Detroit’s game four playoff loss to the Boston Bruins. The big-bodied winger skated in less than 13 minutes of the game, and didn’t dress for game five in which the Bruins would eliminate Detroit.

Following the initial rumor that Bertuzzi had signed, the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch reported Bertuzzi’s agent, Pat Morris, had reached out to the Senators to gauge their interest in signing the Subury, Ont., native to a 25-game tryout agreement. Garrioch cited that the final call was up to Senators GM Bryan Murray.

The contract sees Bertuzzi, just weeks away from his 40th birthday, join a Binghamton Senators club that is nearly in the AHL’s Eastern Conference basement. Speed was never quite the strong suit of Bertuzzi’s game, so it will be interesting to see if the PTO turns into a full-fledged contract with the either the NHL or AHL Senators, especially as some will question his usefulness as he enters his 40s.

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Bertuzzi became an unrestricted free agent this summer, but was unable to find a deal that suited him until now.

Over the course of his 18-year NHL career, Bertuzzi has suited up for 1,159 games, tallying 314 goals and 770 points. He’s a five-time 20-goal scorer, but hasn’t reach the 20-goal plateau since 2005-06. Bertuzzi is more than a decade removed from his best season, which came in 2002-03 when he tallied 46 goals and 97 points as a member of the Vancouver Canucks.