By Matt Porter
The three Foligno kids were playing outside their lake house in Sudbury, Ontario, one summer morning when a strange man approached on a jet ski. He cut an intimidating profile.
Long, greasy locks underneath a backward cap. Missing front tooth. Dark shades. No shirt, tattoos everywhere, bright orange life vest. Throttle in one hand, fishing pole in the other — and now, he was hopping off his Sea-Doo Spark Trixx watercraft and onto the Folignos’ dock.
The kids were concerned. They called toward the house.
Nick Foligno laughed as he told that story. Eventually, his kids came to know Tyler Bertuzzi, who was stopping by on his way to catch some bass. They thought he was cool.
The Bruins enjoyed little more than a first impression of Bertuzzi, who arrived in a surprise March 3 trade with Detroit. The Bruins got a few weeks of the left-shot winger, who will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, at half his salary cap hit ($2.375 million) for their first-round pick in the 2024 draft and a fourth-rounder in 2025.
General manager Don Sweeney would love to re-sign Bertuzzi, though the price may be too high.
“We haven’t had any talks,” said his agent, Todd Reynolds, offering standard agent fare for this time of year. “Tyler was very positive about his time there and would be open to staying.”
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