Free agent Bertuzzi ‘wants to continue playing’

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Todd Bertuzzi is still itching to play hockey.

After having his civil case with Steve Moore settled on Thursday, Bertuzzi’s attention has turned to finding a new team to potentially suit up for next season.

At 39 years old and a lot of tread on the tires, it may be a hard sell for some teams but his agent, Pat Morris, told Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com he’s still looking to lace ’em up.

“Todd wants to continue playing,” Morris said. “He’s skating and is in great shape. A lawsuit is no longer an issue. We’ll see what transpires in the coming weeks.”

Last season with the Detroit Red Wings, Bertuzzi had nine goals and 16 points in 59 games but finished with a dismal minus-17 plus-minus rating. Yes, we know that’s not the greatest stat but that’s a rough number for a forward to have.

There’s no doubt Bertuzzi isn’t the player he used to be, but in Detroit he’s proven valuable at times around the net as well as useful in shootouts. As we’ll see leading up to training camp, a PTO isn’t out of the question and could be his way to work onto a roster.