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B-Sens optimistic for Bertuzzi return

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It was fun while it lasted. Todd Bertuzzi's days as a Binghamton Senator may be over. The 39-year old NHL veteran suffered a knee injury on Saturday, just his second game after joining the B-Sens on a professional tryout, and just his second ever career AHL game. Bertuzzi has returned home to get the injury assessed and evaluated. In the meantime, the B-Sens are optimistic that he can return, but also seem resigned to the fact that he may not.

If this is in fact the end of Bertuzzi's comeback attempt and his tenure in Binghamton, his impact did not go unnoticed. While he may not have found the scoresheet on Friday or Saturday, what he did to help turn things around, at least in the short term, can not be understated. Previous to him joining the team, the B-Sens had lost five straight. In his first weekend, the team went 2-1. As the players and head coach Luke Richardson will tell you, he's helped mentor some of the younger players in the locker room and shared his experience and stories of his days in the NHL.

Since leaving the team to take care of his knee, guys on the team have been in contact with him, through text messages and picture messages. The B-Sens hope that the injury is minor and he can return soon.

Richardson said that should he be able to return, he's unsure of the logistics regarding a PTO, whether an injury pauses the contract, so to speak, or if a new one needs to be drawn up. He says it's much easier to do at the AHL than in the NHL so it should not be much of a problem. One thing's for sure though, should he be able to return, everyone on the team will welcome him back with open arms.