Buffalo Bills 2009 Season Preview

(Sports Network) – Terrell Owens was on the free agent market for less than four days when the Buffalo Bills came to the rescue and awarded him a one- year, $6.5 million contract on March 8th.

That fact would seem to have much more to do with the Bills than it does with Owens.

That Buffalo was willing to take on a player who had worn out his welcome in a major, headline-grabbing way in San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Dallas, and had by association become radioactive to all but a scant handful of franchises, did not deter Bills CEO Russ Brandon and head coach Dick Jauron from pursuing him.

This (almost literal) deal with the devil was prompted by the Bills’ clear desperation to win right now, and to give themselves a chance to avoid a 10th straight season away from the playoffs. Another postseason-free year would very likely lead to Jauron’s firing, a fate which he only narrowly avoided last season, after Buffalo went 2-8 in its final 10 games. Continue reading

Red Wings ink Bertuzzi

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) – The Detroit Red Wings have signed free agent forward Todd Bertuzzi to a one-year contract.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Bertuzzi will join the Wings for the second time in his checkered career. He was acquired by Detroit from Florida at the trade deadline in February 2007 and played eight regular-season games for the Wings.

The 34-year-old veteran spent last season with the Calgary Flames, compiling 15 goals and 29 assists for 44 points in 66 games. He has 255 career goals and 624 points in 859 NHL games over 13 seasons with the New York Islanders, Vancouver, Florida, Detroit, Anaheim and Calgary.

However, Bertuzzi will likely be best-remembered for the incident with Colorado’s Steve Moore in March of 2004. Bertuzzi, then with the Canucks in an apparent retaliation for a hit Moore delivered against Vancouver captain Markus Naslund earlier in the season, punched Moore from behind and drove him face-first into the ice.

Moore suffered three fractured neck vertebrae, facial cuts and a severe concussion from the hit. For his actions, Bertuzzi was suspended for the final 13 games of the 2003-04 season and the playoffs.

Bertuzzi was selected with the 23rd overall pick of the 1993 draft by the Islanders, but his best years came with Vancouver. He notched 70-plus points three times with the Canucks and his best season came in 2002-03 with career highs of 46 goals and 51 assists.

In 52 career playoff games, the Ontario native has 10 goals and 15 assists.

Yanks try to keep hot streak going in Seattle

(Sports Network) – The New York Yankees may once again be without third baseman Alex Rodriguez this evening, when they continue their four-game series with the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.

Rodriguez was scheduled to have the day off on Thursday, but probably could not have played anyway after getting hit in the elbow with a pitch in the 11th inning of Wednesday’s win over Toronto. He is questionable for tonight’s tilt.

New York did not skip a beat without A-Rod on Thursday, though, as CC Sabathia fanned a season-high 10 batters in eight stellar innings and Hideki Matsui highlighted the Yankees’ offense with a pair of homers and five RBI in an 11-1 rout of Seattle.

Sabathia (13-7) gave up just one run on three hits and a pair of walks for the Yankees, who have won 10 of their last 11. Continue reading