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Tyler Bertuzzi reveals Nick Foligno’s influence on Blackhawks signing

The Chicago Blackhawks have made some moves to improve in NHL free agency. This summer, they reunited with Teuvo Teravainen after trading him to the Carolina Hurricanes in 2015. Chicago also added another experienced forward who could certainly make life easier for Connor Bedard. The Blackhawks signed forward Tyler Bertuzzi after talks with the Toronto Maple Leafs stalled.

Bertuzzi joins his fourth Original Six franchise in the last two years. He began his career with the Detroit Red Wings but was traded to the Boston Bruins in March 2023. A few months later, he signed a one-year deal with the Maple Leafs in NHL free agency. Now he will pull on a Blackhawks jersey. However, this outcome almost didn’t happen.

Bertuzzi spoke to the media for the first time as a Chicago player on Friday. And he admitted the Blackhawks weren’t on his radar before the market opened Monday. However, a call from his former Bruins teammate Nick Foligno put Chicago on the map. “He said, ‘They’re a little interested.’ I was excited and then it kind of went from there,” he said, via NHL.com.

Tyler Bertuzzi “excited” after moving to the Blackhawks

Toronto Maple Leafs striker Tyler Bertuzzi (59) watches the game against the Boston Bruins in the first period at the Scotiabank Arena.
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Bertuzzi comes to the Blackhawks with the goal of improving the quality of the team. Chicago is rebuilding its team this summer, but wants to become more competitive sooner rather than later. They have a cornerstone of their franchise in Connor Bedard, as well as promising talents like Kevin Korchinski and Alex Vlasic on defense.

Bertuzzi and Teravainen are here to help these young players develop. Of course, Chicago wants to win more hockey games, and they can certainly help the Blackhawks in that regard. But making sure players like Bedard make the progress they need is critical to Chicago’s long-term success.

Signing experienced players is a great sign for the Blackhawks, and Bertuzzi echoed that sentiment on Friday. Signing these respected players brings a lot of positives to Chicago’s roster, and Bertuzzi can’t wait to get the 2024-25 season underway.

“I think I was the first one, and then to see more new additions has been fascinating and great,” he said, via NHL.com. “A lot of veterans, guys who have played a lot of games in the league, some who have won the Stanley Cup. This is a great step in the right direction. I’m excited to meet all the guys, and I’m sure they’re excited too.”