Bortuzzo (lower body) will return to the lineup for Thursday's matchup with Los Angeles, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Bortuzzo has been sidelined for the Blues' last 16 outings, last getting on the ice Dec. 3 against the Jets. This was the second extended absence for the blueliner who has managed just 11 contests so far this season. Not exactly a prolific scorer, the 27-year-old tallied a goal and an assist in those appearances. Technically, Bortuzzo remains on injured reserve according to the NHL Media site and will need to be activated prior to puck drop.
Bortuzzo (lower body) practiced Wednesday and, barring any setbacks, is expected to play Thursday against Los Angeles, Tom Timmerman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Bortuzzo, who hasn't played since Dec. 3, skated with Joel Edmundson during practice and will form the Blues' third pairing against the Kings.
Bortuzzo (lower body) was a full participant in Monday's practice, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The blueliner has been on the IR since Dec. 6, and seems to be slightly ahead of the six week return scheduled at that time. He will travel with the team on their upcoming road trip, which means he could be back in action as soon as Thursday.
Bortuzzo (lower body) signed a two-year contract extension with St. Louis on Thursday. Bortuzzo's extension will keep him under contract with the Blues through the 2018-19 campaign. Considering the blueliner has suited up for just 11 games this season, the organization clearly is rewarding him for past contributions. The 27-year-old's deal could signal the team's intentions regarding Kevin Shattenkirk who is scheduled to be a free agent at the end of the year and has been the subject of trade rumors.
Bortuzzo (lower body) was placed on injured Tuesday and will be reevaluated in six weeks. Initial reports had Bortuzzo being reevaluated after just two weeks, which means the injury is worse than originally believed. Fortunately for the Blues, fellow blueliner Joel Edmundson was cleared to return right as Bortuzzo picked up his injury, so they will not need to make a recall from the minors. Given the 27-year-old's minimal fantasy value, owners should be relatively unaffected by this injury.
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