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Boston Bruins

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - FEBRUARY 07: Tyler Bertuzzi #59 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates his first period goal with teammates while playing the Edmonton Oilers at Little Caesars Arena on February 07, 2023 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The Bruins purposely left room in their chamber for at least one more deadline move following last week’s trade for Dmitry Orlov and Garnet Hathaway, and on Thursday morning, general manager Don Sweeney found it by way of a trade with the Red Wings for top-line left wing Tyler Bertuzzi.

In a deal struck between the B’s and Detroit front office head Steve Yzerman, the Bruins will bring Bertuzzi to Boston in exchange for a top-10 protected 2024 first-round pick and a fourth-round selection in 2025.

The Red Wings will also retain 50 percent of Bertuzzi’s salary in the trade.

  • A 6-foot-1 left shot, Bertuzzi comes to Boston in the midst of a 2022-23 campaign that’s featured four goals and 14 points through 29 games. It’s been a bad luck year for the 28-year-old Bertuzzi, really, as he’s been on the shelf multiple times this year with two separate hand injuries (one to each hand, too), both of which were sustained on shots off the hand.

    But when healthy, there’s no denying Bertuzzi’s impact as a high-end scoring threat, with a career-high 30 goals and 62 points in 68 games with Detroit.

    Overall, Bertuzzi is a three-time 20-goal scorer, and has totaled 88 goals and 202 points in 305 games since 2016-17.

  • DETROIT, MICHIGAN - MARCH 10: Tyler Bertuzzi #59 of the Detroit Red Wings turns up ice in front of Matt Boldy #12 of the Minnesota Wild during the third period at Little Caesars Arena on March 10, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan. Minnesota won the game 6-5 in a overtime shootout. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

    DETROIT, MICHIGAN – MARCH 10: Tyler Bertuzzi #59 of the Detroit Red Wings turns up ice in front of Matt Boldy #12 of the Minnesota Wild during the third period at Little Caesars Arena on March 10, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan. Minnesota won the game 6-5 in a overtime shootout. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

  • Bertuzzi, a pending unrestricted free agent, has been a thorn in the side of countless Atlantic Division teams, including the Bruins, whom he’s torched for 12 points in 14 career showdowns.

    The Sudbury, Ont. native has also been a strong performer against the Lightning throughout his career, with five goals and 11 points in 12 career head-to-heads against Tampa Bay.

    Stuck on the rebuilding Wings throughout his career, Bertuzzi has yet to appear in a playoff game in his career.

  • TAMPA, FLORIDA - MARCH 04: Tyler Bertuzzi #59 of the Detroit Red Wings and Alex Killorn #17 of the Tampa Bay Lightning fight for the puck during a game  at Amalie Arena on March 04, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

    TAMPA, FLORIDA – MARCH 04: Tyler Bertuzzi #59 of the Detroit Red Wings and Alex Killorn #17 of the Tampa Bay Lightning fight for the puck during a game at Amalie Arena on March 04, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

  • Barring anothe trade and given the fact that the Bruins did not move a player off their roster or from the minors in this trade, as well as Bertuzzi’s status as a left wing, it’s fair to assume that the Bruins will move either Nick Foligno or Taylor Hall to the long-term injured reserve to make this work from a cap perspective.

    Foligno suffered an ugly-looking injury late in the second period of Tuesday’s win in Calgary following a collision with Nikita Zadorov, while Taylor Hall left the road trip early and returned to Boston prior to Monday’s game with the Oilers due to a lower-body injury. Word on the street is that Hall is seeking a second opinion on the injury, and that the Bruins will decide their next step from there.

    But no matter what happens with Foligno and/or Hall, the Bruins’ move for Bertuzzi made sure they were covered for either a short or long-term absence with either player.

  • BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - FEBRUARY 18: Scott Mayfield #24 of the New York Islanders defends Taylor Hall #71 of the Boston Bruins during the first period at TD Garden on February 18, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 18: Scott Mayfield #24 of the New York Islanders defends Taylor Hall #71 of the Boston Bruins during the first period at TD Garden on February 18, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

  • The Bruins will begin a four-game homestand tonight with a visit from Tage Thompson and the Sabres.

    The four-gamer will also feature showdowns with the Rangers, Oilers, and Red Wings.

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