Todd Bertuzzi keeps coming back, metaphorically, physically, diligently. In key ways, he's Big Bert again, which is different than Big Bad Bert, a withered label he'd rather not carry. Bertuzzi has played in the glare long enough to fill several careers, and as time passes, we're discovering who he was isn't the same as who he is.

This is the power of the second chance, and no team believes in the concept more than the Red Wings, who are close to signing Bertuzzi for another two years. No player appreciates it more than a guy whose controversial career has been thoroughly dissected, and perhaps now is actually being defined.