Take second-chance approach -- King

TARINA WHITE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:49 AM ET

While Calgary Flames president Ken King urges fans to cheer the signing of Todd Bertuzzi, many are voicing their disapproval about the move.

Disgruntled fans took their angry backlash to calgarypuck.com, where 64% of 435 pollsters yesterday slammed Bertuzzi.

Of that, 8% said they will no longer cheer for the team, while 56% said they don't like it but they'll live with it.

"I can't turn my back on the Flames, but I am really disappointed he is here," wrote Ice.

Almost 36% voted in support of the move.

"I like it. I think that Bert will fit in well and could really help the Flames," wrote Brick.

King said he received only about a dozen responses -- both positive and negative -- to the signing yesterday.

"The volume of calls has been incredibly low -- actually, I anticipated more," he said, adding there were also a handful of emails. "They understand what our goals are and most people are considerate about the notion all people make mistakes in life."

Bertuzzi, banned 17 months after sucker-punching rookie Steve Moore, had up to a dozen offers from NHL teams.

"He had one unfortunate incident in his life, as many of us have, and he has worked through that," King said. "I think he needs to be given not only the benefit of the doubt but a real fresh start here.

"He chose to come into the eye of the storm where hockey fans know what they're doing.

"I give him credit for that."


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