Several sources have confirmed to FoxSportsDetroit.com that the Detroit Red Wings and power forward Todd Bertuzzi are on the verge of agreeing to a contract extension.
The deal is believed to be for two years at a little over 2 million per season. Sources indicate that the Wings were seeking a one-year extension, but Bertuzzis asking price was not cap friendly.
The Wings added the extra year as a compromise that will keep Bertuzzi, 37, with the Wings through the 2013-14 season.
During the past few weeks, Wings GM Ken Holland has told reporters that he wants to bring Bertuzzi back. Without a new deal, Bertuzzi could become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Bertuzzi joins a long list of veteran players who have revitalized their careers in Detroit. Once a defensive liability, he's become a responsible two-way player who remains a force down low and a shootout artist.
After a slow start to the season, Bertuzzi has picked up the pace and has 12 goals and 17 assists in 54 games. He's an impressive plus-21, which at one time during his career would have been unthinkable.