Major turnaround in Tyler Bertuzzi's contract negotiations with the Maple Leafs

Tom Banks
June 28, 2024  (9:56)

Tyler Bertuzzi of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrating with Maple Leafs Mitch Marner
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UPDATE: The Toronto Maple Leafs appeared ready to let Tyler Bertuzzi walk in free agency, but now, the veteran forward may be returning in a shock twist.

After a disappointing end to the 2023-24 season, the Toronto Maple Leafs were preparing for some big changes this off-season, with the addition of Craig Berube expected to just be the start. One thing they didn't want to change however was Tyler Bertuzzi, as it became clear over the season that he belongs in Toronto, quickly becoming a fan favourite.
However, reports then emerged he was likely to test free agency, with the deal handed out to the comparable Casey Mittelstadt a potential motivator for that move. Now, TSN's Chris Johnston has revealed that Bertuzzi isn't out the door quite yet, as he has become willing to work with the Maple Leafs on a contract that would return him to Toronto.
"Tyler Bertuzzi, who some have thought is out the door in Toronto, that's not so. It sounds like Tyler Bertuzzi is very willing to work with the Leafs when it comes to the length of the contract, even the money," revealed Johnston.

"I don't think this is a case «pay me this or I'm out the door», I don't think there's any hard lines being drawn, and all things being equal, Tyler Bertuzzi would like to remain in Toronto but both of them are waiting to see is there money there, is it a priority for the Leafs as they look to shore up their blue line.»

With so much chaos expected when free agency begins on July 1st, as well as the potential looming Mitch Marner trade, it's tough to predict how this Maple Leafs team will look in 2024-25, but after winning over the fans this past year, Tyler Bertuzzi would be welcomed back to Toronto with open arms.
Source: Maple Leafs Daily
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