• Will Play On Thursday

    News: Robert Bortuzzo will play in the Blues' preseason finale against the Blackhawks on Thursday, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
    Analysis: Robert Bortuzzo has been dealing with a nagging lower-body injury throughout much of the Blues' training camp, so it's good to see him return to game action ahead of the Blues' regular season opener on Oct. 8. The veteran defender is expected to pair up with youngster Petteri Lindbohm on the team's third pairing this season. Bortuzzo registered eight points (three goals, five assists) in 51 games with Pittsburgh and St. Louis last season.
  • Blues Agree To New Contract With Bortuzzo

    News: Robert Bortuzzo agreed to a two-year, $2.1 million contract with the Blues on Thursday, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
    Analysis: The Blues elected to retain both Robert Bortuzzo and Chris Butler in free agency, likely ensuring that both players will compete for the sixth defenseman spot during training camp. In 51 games spent with the Penguins and Blues last season, Bortuzzo compiled three goals, five assists, and 93 PIM.
  • Blues' Bortuzzo To Play Saturday

    News: Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) will play in Saturday's regular-season finale against the Wild, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
    Analysis: Robert Bortuzzo will return from a three-game absence to get a tune-up for the playoffs. He should be fine, as the Blues don't have a ton of incentive to take a major risk with their postseason spot secure.
  • Blues' Bortuzzo Skates Thursday Morning

    News: Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) took part in Thursday's morning skate, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.
    Analysis: Robert Bortuzzo had already been ruled out from playing in Thursday's game against the Blackhawks, so he was limited to participating as an extra during the morning session. If the blueliner is able to participate in a practice with the team Friday, he could be an option for the regular-season finale Saturday versus the Wild.
  • Blues Rule Out Bortuzzo For Thursday

    News: Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) will not play Thursday against the Blackhawks, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.
    Analysis: With Robert Bortuzzo due to miss a second straight contest, the lineup spots of Carl Gunnarsson and Barret Jackman -- both of whom have been healthy scratches recently -- should be secure for Thursday.
  • Blues' Bortuzzo Out Tuesday

    News: Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) won't play Tuesday against the Jets, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
    Analysis: Robert Bortuzzo, who was forced out of Sunday's win over Chicago, did not practice Monday and his status beyond Tuesday's contest remains to be determined.
  • Blues' Bortuzzo Exits Game

    News: Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) will not return to Sunday's game against Chicago, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
    Analysis: Prior to his exit from Sunday's game, Robert Bortuzzo saw just 2:53 worth of ice time. Entering Sunday's contest, Bortuzzo had notched two points and 23 PIM in 11 games for the Blues since being acquired from the Penguins.
  • Blues' Bortuzzo Gets Rough In Win

    News: Robert Bortuzzo managed to take an impressive 17 PIM on Thursday in 4-1 win over Calgary. He also doled out five hits and blocked a shot in the contest.
    Analysis: Robert Bortuzzo showed the skills the Blues wanted when they acquired him for Ian Cole, this time dropping the gloves with Brandon Bollig of the Flames. He has just two points in 10 games with St. Louis and his playing time down the stretch will be up and down, so keep an eye on the game-time roster decisions of the Blues if you need him.
  • Blues' Bortuzzo Scores In Win

    News: Robert Bortuzzo scored his first goal with St. Louis on Tuesday in a 3-2 overtime win over Pittsburgh. He was plus-1, took two shots, and added four hits on the night.
    Analysis: Robert Bortuzzo and teammate Marcel Goc both victimized their former team for goals in this one. The goal brings Bortuzzo's point total to two in nine games with St. Louis and to eight in total on the season. Bortuzzo's ice time may be in jeopardy when all-star Kevin Shattenkirk (abdomen) returns to the lineup.
  • Blues Pick Up Bortuzzo In Blueliner Swap

    News: Robert Bortuzzo was traded to the Blues on Monday, along with a 2016 seventh-round pick, in exchange for defenseman Ian Cole, Mark Spector of Sportsnet.ca reports.
    Analysis: Neither blueliner is a scorer, but Robert Bortuzzo fits the suit a little better as the Blues need a fill-in blueliner on a bottom pair while they await the returns of Kevin Shattenkirk and Zbynek Michalek. Bortuzzo didn't score much in Pittsburgh and won't score here either, but he'll do the dirty work and provide some extra depth when the Blues regain full health to their defensive corps.