Bruins Obtain Bertuzzi in Exchange for First-Round Pick in 2024
The Bruins have added another piece ahead of the NHL trade deadline coming on Friday at 3 p.m. ET. The team revealed Thursday morning that they have acquired forward Tyler Bertuzzi from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a 2024 first-round pick (top-10 protected) and a 2025 fourth-round pick. The Red Wings are also keeping their cap hit at 50 percent, bringing it down to $2.375 million. Bertuzzi will be eligible to become a free agent in the summer, so this might be a short-term move for the Bruins.
The Boston Bruins could look to bolster their forward depth by chasing after Detroit Red Wings' forward Tyler Bertuzzi. The 28-year-old playmaker has already provided 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in 29 games this season and is known for drawing penalties at a high rate. With Taylor Hall and Nick Foligno both currently dealing with injuries, the Bruins may be tempted to surrender a first-rounder to acquire Bertuzzi. Hall is expected to miss his third consecutive game on Thursday, while Foligno left Tuesday's victory over the Flames and didn't return after suffering a collision in the second period.
The Bruins recently traded a 2023 first-round pick, a top-10 protected 2024 first-round pick, a 2025 second-round pick, a 2024 third-round pick, and a 2023 fifth-round pick to acquire Dmitry Orlov and Garnet Hathaway from the Washington Capitals. As a result, Boston no longer has a first-rounder until 2025 and won't have a second-rounder until 2026.
The potential for injury to two key players on the Bruins roster, left winger Todd Bertuzzi and defenseman Dmitry Orlov, could be problematic for the team. Bertuzzi is capable of playing on either the third or fourth lines. If either of them miss any meaningful length of time, it could be costly for the team.
The Boston Bruins have made it clear that they are focusing on winning now, which can easily be justified considering their impressive 47-8-5 record and top-notch roster. On Thursday, they had the best record as well as the strongest team in the NHL.