Bert-Langcow-Iggy would be a hard-nosed scoring line for sure.
While I havent lost too much respect for Iginla (I mean, he is doing what he thinks is best for his club), I still hate Bertuzzi and think he shouldnt be playing in the NHL right.I've lost alot of respect for Iggy over this. I honestly would rather have any player in the NHL rather than Bertuzzi. If keeping Godard would have kept Bertuzzi away, I would have done it.
So because he lied and gets booed means he can't play good hockey? I think your underrating what Bertuzzi can bring to the ice if he can once again find his game. Even if he can play at half the level he could 4 years ago, he'll still be a decent asset.Judging by the reaction I'm getting, I think I should clarify. While I do think that what Bertuzzi did was wrong, that's not necessarily what I was referring to. It was the lies afterwards that got me mad. Bertuzzi would say things like "I never meant to hurt him". I'm sorry, when you threaten a player, then sucker punch him from behind, you are trying to hurt him. Maybe you're not trying to hurt him badly enogh to get into trouble, but you are trying to hurt him.
And if Iggy thinks that this guy can help the Flames, he's going to be very surprised. Because it's not just the unsportsmanlike play and lies. Every time Bertuzzi sets foot on Saddledome ice, he gets booed. The only current player I've seen who gets that treatment is Bertuzzi's former teamate Chris Pronger. Sure, there are people who like bertuzzi's style of play, and that's great. But people have a tendency to focus on the negative, so "boo" will always be louder than "way to go!". I don't see Bertuzzi lasting to next season. But, if he stays with the Flames long term, then I'll admit that I was wrong.
The lying is a question of character. If character is so important in a hockey player, why isn't anyone questioning Bertuzzi's character.So because he lied and gets booed means he can't play good hockey? I think your underrating what Bertuzzi can bring to the ice if he can once again find his game. Even if he can play at half the level he could 4 years ago, he'll still be a decent asset.
If you want another example of a player who gets booed, look no further then the Calgary Flames Dion Phaneuf. He is starting to get booed in many arenas already at such a young age. I think Dion actually thrives off of it, which he should because people boo him for basically being good at what he does. I realize Bertuzzi won't thrive off the boos because he is being booed from his cheap shot actions, but that doesn't mean the boos will make any worse a player.