An appeal for Bertuzzi

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:53 AM ET

Todd Bertuzzi politely refused interview requests last night. So Marty Brodeur spoke for him.

Brodeur called on the NHL to reinstate Bertuzzi from his indefinite suspension, a move that would allow the Vancouver Canucks power forward to be eligible to represent Canada at the coming world hockey championship.

"He's a special athlete that had an unfortunate incident. It has been a year now, let him play.

"I want him over there with us," said Brodeur, who already has received his invite for Team Canada.

Bertuzzi has applied to be reinstated to the NHL, but can not play at the worlds until the league makes a decision.

Brodeur, meanwhile, will be in Detroit for the general manager meetings later this week in order to examine first-hand the larger nets the league is looking at. For the record, he is not a fan of the concept.

"Did the NBA change the size of their nets? No," said the New Jersey Devils goaltender.

"If they do that, all the records go down the drain. I mean, Wayne Gretzky would have scored 120 goals in a year using those nets."


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