Calgary Flames sign free agent forward Todd Bertuzzi to contract

CALGARY – The Calgary Flames signed free-agent forward Todd Bertuzzi to a US$1.95-million, one-year contract on Monday.

The six-foot-three, 231-pound forward had 14 goals and 26 assists in 68 games last season for the Anaheim Ducks.

“Todd is a proven scorer with the ability to play both wings,” Flames general manager Darryl Sutter said in a release. “He expressed to us that he wanted to play in Canada and that desire along with signing him to a one-year deal was important to our philosophy. He wanted to play on a good team and it fit our money. Additionally, our captain, Jarome Iginla, was a strong supporter of Todd and wanted him on our team.”

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Bertuzzi, a 33-year-old native of Sudbury, Ont., has 580 points (240-340) in 793 career regular-season games. He has 23 points (9-14) in 46 career playoff games.

Bertuzzi has recorded 50-plus points in six of his last eight seasons, including a 97-point effort in 2002-03.

The two-time all-star was originally drafted by the New York Islanders in the first round, 23rd overall, in the 1993 NHL entry draft. He has also played for the Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers and Vancouver Canucks.