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Tyler Bertuzzi accidently admits that Chicago Blackhawks broke free agency rules


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Mark Parsons
July 5, 2024  (6:00 PM)
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Newly signed Chicago Blackhawks forward Tyler Bertuzzi
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In a surprising twist, Tyler Bertuzzi has decided to leave the Toronto Maple Leafs to sign a four-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks worth $5.5M per season. This move comes after intense negotiations with the Leafs, who were hopeful to retain him.

Interestingly, Bertuzzi wasn't considering Chicago until former Leaf Nick Foligno gave him a call the day before free agency.

Blackhawks contacted Bertuzzi prior to his free agent status

Bertuzzi's revelation during a media session highlights a growing concern for the Leafs. This is not the first time Toronto has lost a player due to premature talks with other teams; similar situations occurred with Luke Schenn and Jack Campbell in the past. Despite league rules against 'tampering,' it appears that such conversations continue to influence player decisions.
Bertuzzi's departure is a significant loss for the Leafs, as his style of play and experience will be difficult to replace. However, his move to the Blackhawks, where he will mentor young star Connor Bedard alongside Foligno, keeps him out of the Eastern Conference, sparing the Leafs from facing him more frequently.
As the Leafs navigate this setback, fans can find some solace in avoiding a reunion with a more immediate rival, like the Boston Bruins. The team must now look ahead to find a new player to fill the void left by Bertuzzi.

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