NHL: Bertuzzi Signs With Flames While Leafs Ink Stajan

Aaron DunnCorrespondent IJuly 7, 2008

The Calgary Flames didn't waste any time filling Owen Nolan's roster spot. Moreover, they did it for less money and shorter term. The Flames signed veteran winger Todd Bertuzzi to a one year, $1.95 million contract. It's a nice pick up for the Flames. They just have to hope he stays healthy.

When Bert is healthy, he's a menace in front of the net on the power play and strong along the wall. Hopefully he'll make space for the smaller and faster guys on the roster, namely Matthew Lombardi and Michael Cammelleri. This move also adds more size to an already big team.

Look for Bert to put up 60-80 points this years depending on his health. Other signings of note: Toronto signed Matt Stajan to a two year, $3.5 million contract. As a Leafs fan, I am very happy with this signing and feel it is the best they've made so far.

I still don't understand getting Grabovski or signing Jeff Finger and Niklas Hagman to four-year deals for 3.5 and 3 million dollars per year respectively. In addition, the Columbus Blue Jackets signed UFA R.J. Umberger to a four-year deal. Perhaps the Jackets will compete for the eighth and final playoff spot in the west this year.