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Red Wings get Bertuzzi from Panthers

Tuesday, 02.27.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Red Wings get Bertuzzi from Panthers
Bertuzzi played in seven games this season before a lower back injury sidelined him. (GettyImages)
The Red Wings acquired Todd Bertuzzi from Florida just before Tuesday's NHL trading deadline, adding the tough forward they wanted for the Stanley Cup playoffs.

"Bertuzzi is a huge, talented man that adds the dimensions of size and skill that we need on one of our top two lines," Detroit coach Mike Babcock told The Associated Press. "We'll give up a first-round pick if there are a lot of conditions met, such as us winning a lot in the playoffs and him helping us do that. We'd be happy to give up that pick."

In return, the Panthers received forward Shawn Matthias ? the Wings' second-round pick in the 2006 draft -- and up to two conditional draft picks in the deal. If Bertuzzi signs with Detroit when he becomes a free agent after the season, the Wings will part with one pick this year and another next year.

Bertuzzi (The 6-foot-3, 245-pound) hasn't played since he had lower back surgery in November after he was sidelined for more than two weeks by a herniated disc. He has a goal and six assists in seven games after being acquired last summer in a trade that sent goalie Roberto Luongo to Vancouver.

Monday night, Red Wings acquired left wing Kyle Calder in a three-team deal for forward Jason Williams.

"Our focus all along was to be a harder team to play against, and both Bertuzzi and Calder will help us do that," Babcock told the AP. "There are no guarantees, but the front office led by Kenny Holland and Jim Nill has given us a better opportunity to be successful."

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