Bertuzzi directly said that signing for 1-year was simply a chance to win. The liklihood of playing with Matthews/Marner/Tavares to put up big numbers and cash in as a UFA next year is obviously a huge factor, but not something you would publicly say. Has very little to do with where he was born. If Toronto was a bottom-feeder devoid of talent he wouldn't even consider them. This is about putting up huge numbers and cashing in next year.
But sure, as the musical chairs goes on everyone wants to sign with their hometown. Didn't work with O'Reilly...or Marc Staal...or Cogliano...or dozens of others.