Rutta (lower body) was on the ice in a regular jersey for Tuesday's practice, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports. Rutta has missed Tampa Bay's last 17 games with a lower-body issue, but his presence on the ice Tuesday suggests he could get a game or two in before the regular season comes to a close Monday versus Florida. He's notched eight points through 33 contests this season.
Rutta (lower body) was placed on long-term injured reserve Saturday, per CapFriendly. Rutta won't be eligible to return until April 25 versus the Blue Jackets at the earliest. He has yet to resume skating, so there is no timeline for the defenseman's return. The Lightning will have less of a need to get him back in the lineup after trading for David Savard on Saturday.
Rutta (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Thursday, per CapFriendly. Rutta was described by head coach Jon Cooper as being steps back from returning. With Rutta's placement on IR, he won't be eligible to return until Sunday versus the Red Wings, but it's far from a lock that he'll be ready then.
According to coach Jon Cooper, Rutta (lower body) is "steps back" from returning, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports. Rutta suffered a lower-body injury during Tuesday's loss to Columbus and appears poised to miss additional time as a result. Luckily for the Lightning, Ryan McDonagh (lower body) could be ready to return to the lineup for Thursday's rematch with the Blue Jackets.
Rutta (lower body) won't return to Tuesday's game versus the Blue Jackets. Rutta was hurt during the second period, and he was ruled out at the start of the third. It's unclear how he got injured, but the Lightning will have to finish Tuesday's contest with five defensemen. Rutta joins Ryan McDonagh and Erik Cernak among the Lightning's injured blueliners, which could leave them a bit thin for Thursday's rematch with the Jackets.
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