Posting a Red Wings-related rumor, reservations included

George James Malik

I don’t like to tread in rumors and uncomfirmed reports, but the bandwidth this one will take up merits a mention with a few reservations. This rumor doesn’t make sense given the Red Wings’ relative depth, cap space, or personnel needs, so I’d suggest that it’s highly unlikely at best, but the source has been known to dish, “It’s so unbelievable that it might be true” dirt:
Abel to Yzerman’s re-posted a rumor from HFBoards which suggests that Red Wings VP Jimmy Devellano, speaking on The Fan 590 on Friday night, stated that the team would sign Todd Bertuzzi during the next week.

This makes absolutely no sense in terms of the Red Wings’ needs–specifically, a thirteenth forward with bite, not a 15-to-20 goal-scorer with a penchant for taking undisciplined penalties.

Even at a league-minimum salary, Bertuzzi would eliminate the Wings’ salary cap space, and adding him would complicate the depth chart in terms of whether Darren Helm or Ville Leino would play active roles on the team (the concept that Kirk Maltby’s going to somehow magically be banished to the press box is a little too convenient for certain Wings fans—for better or what many deem worse, Maltby will play very regularly).

I should also note that The Fan tends to post its interviews on its audio page, Devellano’s late-nighters with Roger Lajoie included, with the kind of obsessive-compulsive regularity that I try to bring to this blog, so that’s another eyebrow-raiser.

The only reasons I give this rumor any credence is the fact that Devellano is known for conveniently leaking information when he thinks that nobody’s listening/reading (see: his regular appearances on The Fan 590 and comments to the Windsor Star) to stir things up, sometimes gauge fan opinions on an issue, and simply dish dirt..

7 Responses to Posting a Red Wings-related rumor, reservations included

  1. zackman13 says:

    come on guys i made it just for kramer, lets see some posts!

  2. mojo19 says:

    Betuzzi still has game. I thought he was excellent for Calgary last year every time I watched him play.

  3. pezzz123 says:

    he created chances and went hard to the net every time, but he was absolutly awful defensively. A turnover machine. At least 30% of the goals Kipper let in are direct Bert's mistakes.

  4. Kramer says:

    People are finally waking up to the alien conspiracy. Now new movies are showing we're surrounded by martians. The jig is up.

  5. Kramer says:

    Thanks I'm gonna post something. I just wanna clear my mind and post something smart.

  6. nordiques100 says:

    bert will help the wings and they will help him. they play such a team game that his crappy defensive play will not be so obvious with the way the wings check.

    he'll help on the PP with hossa and hudler out. and add depth.

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