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Bert Takes the Plunge

BertplungeAccording to various news gathering organizations, Florida legend Todd Bertuzzi returns to the ice tonight. Bertuzzi, whose number is expected to be retired by the Panthers any day now, hasn't played since October and had back surgery on Nov. 3.

Bertuzzi came to Florida in the ever popular Roberto Luongo trade, and was a huge hit on Opening Night. Bert scored the first goal of the season, then assisted on three goals in a romp over Boston. Bertuzzi played in the next six games before wrenching his back in a loss at Washington. He hasn't played since.

Until tonight, that is.

Bertuzzi will be in the lineup when the Blue Jackets visit Detroit's Joe Louis Arena at 7:30. Florida traded Bertuzzi to the Wings on Feb. 27 for a prospect and two conditional draft picks.

“I’m just going to go out there and try to find my way early," Bertuzzi told the Detroit Free Press' Freep.com. "Obviously you don’t want to be a hazard out there, but I think that we worked hard enough where I can go out and play my game. So I’m very confident in that.”

Here's the story from Detroit: BERT

Here's Bert in his new duds (photo courtesy of KIRTHMON F. DOZIER/Detroit Free Press) and his old:

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