Thursday, July 21, 2005

Free Bert!

Now that the CBA has been officially ratified by the players (and of course assuming that theowners do the same), it's time for Gary Bettman to make a decision on when - not if, when! - to reinstate Todd Bertuzzi.

Because the free agency season starts in just over a week, it is especially crucial for the Canucks to know Bertuzzi's status for the upcoming season. If Bertuzzi will remain suspended for the start of the season (which he shouldn't), then the Canucks will have to fill his roster spot. Or if Bertuzzi indeed becomes reinstated immediately, then the Canucks can use that to entice Naslund (and other free agents) to re-sign with the team.

In order to not compromise what the Canucks can do during the free agency season, Bettman must make his decision soon. It's only fair to the Canucks and to their fans.
posted by J.J. Guerrero, 10:12 PM


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