NHL notes: Bertuzzi given two-year extension

Todd Bertuzzi signed a two-year contract extension with the Red Wings on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012....

Todd Bertuzzi signed a two-year contract extension with the Red Wings on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012. (Lyle Aspinall/QMI Agency)

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Todd Bertuzzi signed a two-year contract extension Thursday worth $2.25 million a season.

Bertuzzi has 12 goals and 17 assists this season for Detroit Red Wings, but his biggest impact has been on the defensive side of the game.

"I love being here, I love being part of the Wings," the 37-year-old forward told the Detroit Free Press. "I'm really excited about our team this year. I feel we're very focused, especially on playing defence."

A 1993 first-round draft pick of the New York Islanders, Bertuzzi also has played with the Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers, Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames posting career totals of 301 goals, 441 assists and 1,426 penalty minutes entering Thursday night.

HORNQVIST'S HEALTH IMPROVING

Right winger Patric Hornqvist, who is among the Nashville Predators' top scorers with 17 goals, missed his fifth consecutive game with an upper-body injury Thursday.

Hornqvist did take part in the morning skate.

"He's getting closer," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "Saturday would be the soonest."

CROSBY EXTENDS HIMSELF

Sidney Crosby practised Thursday with the Pittsburgh Penguins in what was considered his most extensive session in more than two months.

"He was out there with our team for the entire practice, although he did not participate in the contact drills that we did have," coach Dan Bylsma said. "We'll see how he progresses and where he's at in terms of getting on the ice."

Crosby, bothered by concussion-related issues, hasn't played in a game since Dec. 5.


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