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Samer Dagher
July 6, 2024  (5:19 PM)
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Former Toronto Maple Leafs forward Tyler Bertuzzi
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Former Toronto Maple Leafs forward Tyler Bertuzzi is in hot water after announcing how the Blackhawks lured him to sign in Chicago.

On the eve of free agency, the Maple Leafs signed forward Max Domi to a four-year deal, effectively ending Tyler Bertuzzi's chances of returning to Toronto. Bertuzzi then decided to test the market and signed with the Chicago Blackhawks, a move that surprised many, including Bertuzzi himself. He admitted on Friday that Chicago wasn't even on his list of potential destinations.
In his introductory interview as a Blackhawk, Bertuzzi revealed that he had spoken with team leader Nick Foligno before free agency began, and Foligno convinced him to come to Chicago.
«Chicago wasn't really on my radar,» said Bertuzzi. «The day before free agency, Nick Foligno called me and said that they (Chicago) were interested. I was obviously excited about that and things went on from there.»

«We just talked about the organization, the city, where to live, and things that are important to me and my family while obviously moving to a new city,» Bertuzzi added

Fans and analysts are calling this tampering, claiming that Bertuzzi broke the rules by speaking with Foligno before signing his contract. The NHL opposes tampering, but Commissioner Gary Bettman has not taken any action in this case.
Chicago will be Bertuzzi's new home after a one-year stint with Toronto. He signed a four-year, $22 million deal ($5.5 million AAV). Bertuzzi had the right to gather information about where he was going before signing the contract, didn't he?
Source: hockeyfeed
Former Maple Leafs' Tyler Bertuzzi in hot water over tampering accusations
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