Friday, July 22, 2005

Big Bert to get 10-20 games more -- Todd Bertuzzi won't be in the lineup for the Vancouver Canucks come opening day.
According to a report out of the Vancouver Province, sources have told the newspaper commissioner Gary Bettman will announce next week that the winger will receive an additional 10-20 games for his March 8, 2004 sucker-punch on Colorado Avalanche centre Steve Moore."It's going to come down next week so the league can get on with the business side [entry draft; free agency]," a source told the Province."They [NHL] have already made their minds up and it's only fair to the Canucks because if Bertuzzi wants out, then there's little time to go after unrestricted free agents and qualify the restricted free agents they've got."Also: NHLPA approves dealBertuzzi's agent, Pat Morris, was skeptical of the alleged added suspension saying he has received no indication that his client will serve more time."That's somebody guessing one way or the other," he said. "I'm not aware of Todd getting any more time."Bertuzzi is under contract for the 2005-06 season at a rolled-back base salary of $5.421 million US.

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