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#1 Hockeytown0001

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:26 PM

The Detroit Free Press reported earlier tonight that Bertuzzi had been admitted to the hospital with extreme back pain.

 

Bertuzzi has missed Detroit’s last three games with his chronically-injured back and, following a 5-3 win over St. Louis last Thursday, “could barely walk” according to the Detroit Free Press.

 

Todd Bertuzzi, 38, has a history of back problems. In 2006 he had a herniated disk that required surgery, he was subsequently traded from Florida to Detroit in March 2007. He missed five games in January 2009, then with Calgary, because of back pain.

 

Holland said surgery “is a last resort. No one is rushing into surgery.” Surgery would mean Bertuzzi is done for the season.

 

Bertuzzi, 38, has a history of back problems, dating to a herniated disk in 2006 that required surgery, sidelining him as he was traded from Florida to Detroit in March 2007. He missed five games in January 2009, then with Calgary, because of back pain.1

 

Bertuzzi is in the first of a two-year, $4.15 million extension signed with Detroit in February. He has an average annual cap hit of $2.075 million. 2

 

read more at http://detroitsports...with-back-pain/

 

 

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:29 PM

Sucks mostly because we have other injuries right now.  We could have used another body back in the lineup.   

 

But we know he wasn't part of the plan for the future, so it had to end soon anyway.  

 

Surprisingly, he missed very few games for the Wings his first couple of seasons back in Detroit.  Was kind of an ironman for a while.      


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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:31 PM

s***ty. Poor Bert.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:36 PM

Time for one of the kids/bottom six to stand up and get in there.


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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:43 PM

Nooooo.... :nervous:   I mean, I knew he had a bad back, but he's done so well with it.  Just caught up with him, unfortunately.  Feel better, Bert. 


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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:53 PM

If this becomes a career altering injury, he should hang em up this offseason. Would open up a spot for a Tatar or Nyquist + more cap flex


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 12:11 AM

If this becomes a career altering injury, he should hang em up this offseason. Would open up a spot for a Tatar or Nyquist + more cap flex

 

We're on the hook for his salary next year even if he does retire.  

 

He has a 35+ deal.



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Posted 15 February 2013 - 12:13 AM

If this becomes a career altering injury, he should hang em up this offseason. Would open up a spot for a Tatar or Nyquist + more cap flex

 

By "hang them up" you mean "take the Ian Laperriere, spend two years on LTIR so we don't get screwed by the 35+ clause, retirement plan". Yes, I agree.

 

That said, I hope he gets better. Always better if you can retire on your own terms, and few enough get to do it. Plus, chronic back pain sucks. 



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Posted 15 February 2013 - 01:13 AM

Hope he ends up not needing surgery, this sounds bad.



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Posted 15 February 2013 - 01:18 AM

 
We're on the hook for his salary next year even if he does retire.  
 
He has a 35+ deal.



Holland. Again. Can someone tell me that they expected something different than our old guys getting injured all the time? So ridiculous.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 01:28 AM

Hopefully, a little bit of manipulation and some epidural steroid treatments can get him going again. Most important though, is rest. I'd rather have him sit for a month or two, and heal up, than have him rushed back, only to deal with lingering back problems. Of course, I say this knowing that back pain never goes away, you just learn to tolerate it better than others.

Get well soon, Bert. We need your big body and your shootout prowess.

Holland. Again. Can someone tell me that they expected something different than our old guys getting injured all the time? So ridiculous.


Zeterberg has back problems too. We should dump him. He's old and sucks. No one under 30 EVER gets hurt.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 01:32 AM

Hopefully, a little bit of manipulation and some epidural steroid treatments can get him going again. Most important though, is rest. I'd rather have him sit for a month or two, and heal up, than have him rushed back, only to deal with lingering back problems. Of course, I say this knowing that back pain never goes away, you just learn to tolerate it better than others.

Get well soon, Bert. We need your big body and your shootout prowess.


Zeterberg has back problems too. We should dump him. He's old and sucks. No one under 30 EVER gets hurt.


Zetterberg has the most points on the team and is showing no signs of wear or of not playing to his contract. Your analogy stinks, bud.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 01:53 AM

Why?  Because his back is holding up pretty good so far this season.  Other seasons, back not so good, points totals not so high.


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 02:00 AM

Zetterberg has the most points on the team and is showing no signs of wear or of not playing to his contract. Your analogy stinks, bud.


Two years ago, you would have been throwing bags of shat at Kenny, because Z was nursing a bad back all season long. My analogy smells of roses.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 02:46 AM

All this is over reaction anyway.  I'm calling it now, Big Bert will be back and badder than ever no later than two weeks from now. 


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Get off the high horse.  Not like she was 10."

 

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 03:01 AM

All this is over reaction anyway.  I'm calling it now, Big Bert will be back and badder than ever no later than two weeks from now. 

i sure hope so



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Posted 15 February 2013 - 03:26 AM

Seriously, the Free Press wrote the story two days ago and not a single other news source around the state ran with the story.  I'm not saying that it didn't happen, I'm saying that it's probably less serious than they made it sound, which is probably why nobody else paid attention to it.

 

Plus, Bert is a mad mo fo, so he'll tough it out.


GMRwings:  "Well, in other civilized countries, 16 years old isn't considered underage.  For instance, I believe the age of consent is 16 in Canada.  There's some US states where it's 16 as well.  

 

Get off the high horse.  Not like she was 10."

 

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 06:30 AM

Big Bert is a warrior he will be back in no time, but if it is really that serious I hope he hangs hit up for his own sake and health beyond hockey.


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 07:04 AM

Sheeesh the body isn't even cold yet for some of you.

 

Praying for you Bert! 



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Posted 15 February 2013 - 07:26 AM

I have high hopes for Bert's return to the line up -- healthy and happy. (Well, not too happy, I still want him to play mean.)

Get well Bert!

 

but...

 

If worse comes to worse, and Bert is done.  I mean, retirement done.  We could have a conversation with the man and use one of our new CBA buyouts to get out of the rest of his contract, no?  Or would that be too much of obvious cap circumvention?


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