Bjugstad's surgery was to repair a herniated disc, the team announced Wednesday. While the timeline for Bjugstad's recovery from this injury is eight weeks, general manager Jim Rutherford told reporters Tuesday that the towering center wouldn't be available for the postseason. It's the second surgery for Bjugstad this season, as he previously underwent core-muscle surgery in November. The fact that this is the second back surgery in Bjugstad's career will no doubt increase speculation that the Penguins will try to buy out his contract once he's medically cleared.
Bjugstad (lower body) suffered a setback in his recovery and had an additional surgery Tuesday. The center is expected to miss the entirety of the postseason. It's just the latest injury woe for Bjugstad, who was limited to a mere 13 contests for the Penguins this season. When originally brought in from Florida via trade, the Minneapolis native was expected to serve as the No. 3 center yet has been unable to stay healthy. Even if fully fit, there were rumblings that the 27-year-old might have to watch from the press box. With one year remaining on Bjugstad's contract, the Penguins could try to buy out his deal, which would save them $3.5 million against the cap in 2020-21.
Bjugstad sustained a lower-body injury and is considered week-to-week. Bjugstad was just three games back from core muscle surgery, which cost him 43 contests. The center was also sidelined by a lower-body injury early in the season that cost him nine outings. In total, the Minneapolis native has logged a mere 13 games this season and seems set for a third extended absence. With Bjugstad once again out of the lineup, Jared McCann will shift over to center the third line while Sam Lafferty comes down from the press box.
Bjugstad (abdomen) will rejoin the action Thursday versus the Sabres. Bjugstad will see his first action since Nov. 15 on Thursday and is slated to center the team's third line alongside Jared McCann and Patric Hornqvist. He may be worthy of a look on the waiver wire in some formats, having tallied 14 points (nine goals, five assists) in his 32 games with the Pens last season.
Bjugstad (abdomen) is still awaiting final clearance but is hoping to play in Thursday's clash with Buffalo, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports. Bjugstad missed the Penguins' last 46 games after undergoing core muscle surgery. Based on Wednesday's practice session, the Minneapolis native figures to take on a third-line role alongside Jared McCann and Patric Hornqvist. In just 10 outings this year, the 27-year-old registered one goal, 16 shots and 19 hits while averaging 13:14 of ice time.
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