Breaking: Toronto Maple Leafs Confirm The Departure Of Another Top Experienced Star

**Tyler Bertuzzi Explains Move from Maple Leafs to Blackhawks**

After a one-year stint with the Toronto Maple Leafs, forward Tyler Bertuzzi signed a four-year, $22 million contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on July 1. Bertuzzi, who suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in Week 9, didn’t initially consider Chicago. However, a call from Nick Foligno changed his mind.

“Chicago wasn’t really on my radar,” Bertuzzi said. “Then, the day before free agency, Nick Foligno called me and said, ‘They’re a little bit interested.’ I was excited, and things went from there.”

Foligno, who played with Bertuzzi in Boston, had already joined the Blackhawks. Bertuzzi, during his year with the Maple Leafs, logged 80 games and scored 43 points. Blackhawks GM Kyle Davidson acknowledged Foligno’s influence in bringing Bertuzzi to Chicago.

“Nick has a lot of friends around the league,” Davidson said. “He loves the team and wants to push this thing forward.”

**Blackhawks’ Strategy to Support Connor Bedard**

Foligno joined the Blackhawks alongside rookie Connor Bedard and signed a two-year extension. Bertuzzi’s addition is part of Chicago’s plan to surround Bedard with experienced players. The Blackhawks have also signed Craig Smith, Teuvo Teravainen, Pat Maroon, T.J. Brodie, Alec Martinez, and goalie Laurent Brossoit. Most of these players, except for Bertuzzi, signed contracts of three years or less.

Davidson stated, “We want to be better and play with the puck more, control the game, and get more wins.”

**Bertuzzi Priced Out of Toronto**

Bertuzzi’s strong performance with the Maple Leafs increased his market value, making it difficult for Toronto to retain him. TSN’s Darren Dreger reported that Bertuzzi’s value had “out priced” him from Toronto. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman mentioned that the Leafs were cautious about the term length for contracts, which affected their decisions regarding Bertuzzi and Max Domi.

Ultimately, while the Leafs let Bertuzzi go, they signed Domi to a four-year, $15 million extension on July 1.

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