Bertuzzi speaks publically...
''I've had a lot of sleepless nights trying to think of things...But you know what, it happened. I can't go back and change what happened. The only thing I can do is come back even stronger, a better person off the ice and a better person on the ice.'The words of Todd Bertuzzi at an afternoon press conference today. I've never really weighed in on the whole ugly incident, and I won't bother to at this point. What I will say is that hopefully Steve Moore makes a full recovery and the entire thing can become a distant memory.
As far as Bertuzzi's continuing career goes, it's still unclear as to which Todd Bertuzzi will hit the ice in the fall. Will he continue to be the raging monster and a dominant presence in front of the net, or will he turn into a mediocre perimiter player? During the 03/04 season, and before the 'incident', Bertuzzi's on-ice performances had suffered somewhat of a setback. At least statistically.
What does Bertuzzi himself have to say about his comeback?
"I'm coming back who I was. I'm not going to change. I've become successful doing what I do best, playing hard every night with a chip on my shoulder. I heard a lot of stuff about people thinking I'm going to come back soft. That's not who I am."It seems as though he has the right attitude, but we'll see if he really does come back the same player. It will be a rough ride as all eyes will be on him and his moves will be under severe scrutiny. I'm skeptical myself, but one thing is certain - for the Canucks to be successful, Bertuzzi will have to re-emerge as one of the premier power forwards in the game.