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September 12, 2020 02:48 AM
Penguins' Nick Bjugstad: Dealt to Minnesota
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bjugstad (back) was traded from the Penguins to the Wild for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2021 on Friday.

Bjugstad played just 13 games during an injury-plagued 2019-20 campaign, scoring two points in the process. If he can stay healthy next season, he could find himself in a middle-six role with the Wild. The 28-year-old has one season left on his contract before he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

May 27, 2020 06:32 PM
Penguins' Nick Bjugstad: Injury details released
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 27, 2020 11:04 AM
Penguins' Nick Bjugstad: Undergoes second surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 10, 2020 06:08 PM
Penguins' Nick Bjugstad: Suffers lower-body injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 5, 2020 06:44 PM
Penguins' Nick Bjugstad: Back in action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 4, 2020 01:08 PM
Penguins' Nick Bjugstad: Could suit up Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bjugstad (abdomen) is still awaiting final clearance but is hoping to play in Thursday's clash with Buffalo, Wes Crosby of 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.

March 3, 2020 02:20 PM
Penguins' Nick Bjugstad: Ditches non-contact jersey
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bjugstad (abdomen) practiced in a regular sweater Monday but won't be in the lineup against Ottawa on Tuesday.

The fact that Bjugstad was cleared for contact is certainly a step in the right direction. While the center won't be in the lineup versus the Senators, he could be back sooner rather than later. It will be the 46th straight contest on the shelf for Bjugstad, who figures to bump Sam Lafferty from the lineup once cleared to play.

February 27, 2020 05:00 PM
Penguins' Nick Bjugstad: Back at practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bjugstad (abdomen) returned to practice Thursday for the first time since undergoing surgery.

Bjugstad has yet to be cleared for contact, but his presence on the ice with his teammates Thursday is still a huge step in the right direction. Another update on the American forward, who potted one goal in 10 games before going under the knive in November, should surface once he's cleared to be a full participant in practice.

February 2, 2020 02:36 PM
Penguins' Nick Bjugstad: Not ready to return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bjugstad (abdomen) remains out of the lineup Sunday in Washington, Tom Gulitti of reports.

Bjugstad is still tracking toward a mid-January return, though it's possible he gets back into the lineup as soon as Thursday in Tampa Bay if he can come back ahead of schedule. The 6-foot-6 center hasn't played since Nov. 15 and will need to be removed from injured reserve before he sees game ice.

December 27, 2019 10:36 PM
Penguins' Nick Bjugstad: Begins skating Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bjugstad (abdomen) skated for the first time since undergoing surgery Friday.

Bjugstad appears to be on track for a mid-January return after undergoing core muscle surgery in November. Once given the all-clear, the center could find himself moved to the wing in order to allow Jared McCann to continue to serve as the third-line center. With just one point in 10 contests this year, the Minneapolis native could find himself atop general manager Jim Rutherford's list of tradable assets.

November 21, 2019 05:16 PM
Penguins' Nick Bjugstad: Will miss at least eight weeks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bjugstad underwent surgery on a core muscle Thursday and is expected to be sidelined for at least eight weeks.

The hits just keep coming for the Penguins, who are now expected to be without Bjugstad, Sidney Crosby (groin) and Justin Schultz (lower body) long-term due to various injuries. With Bjugstad and Crosby both on the shelf, Joseph Blandisi will be counted on to fill a bottom-six role for the foreseeable future as one of Pittsburgh's only healthy centers.

November 19, 2019 11:44 AM
Penguins' Nick Bjugstad: Facing long-term absence
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bjugstad (lower body) is expected to miss a significant chunk of time after coach Mike Sullivan told reporters, "He is continuing to be evaluated right now, but he's going to be longer-term," Michelle Crechiolo of Pens Inside Scoop reports.

For the second time this season, Bjugstad is headed toward a stint on injured reserve, though he hasn't officially landed on IR yet. With Sidney Crosby (groin) also on the shelf, the team will turn to Joseph Blandisi to fill the third-line center role and will likely promote a player from the minors soon. Adam Johnson, who previously logged seven games for the Penguins this season, figures to be the likeliest candidate to earn a call-up.

November 16, 2019 05:24 PM
Penguins' Nick Bjugstad: Will not play Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bjugstad (lower body) is expected to miss Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs, Wes Crosby of reports.

After being forced into an early departure during Friday's game versus New Jersey, Bjugstad's omission from Saturday night's lineup does not come as a surprise. The 27-year-old will now enjoy a couple of days before Pittsburgh's next game, scheduled for Tuesday against the red-hot Islanders.

November 15, 2019 09:12 PM
Penguins' Nick Bjugstad: Leaves after awkward tumble
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bjugstad exited Friday's contest versus the Devils with an apparent lower-body injury.

Bjugstad fell into the boards late in the second period and didn't return to the bench after the intermission. He's not likely to return to the contest. Bjugstad joins Sidney Crosby (groin) and Patric Hornqvist (lower body) as injured forwards for the Penguins. The team will likely need to recall a player ahead of Saturday's game versus the Maple Leafs if Bjugstad is forced to miss time.

October 26, 2019 06:48 PM
Penguins' Nick Bjugstad: Removed from IR, playing Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bjugstad (lower body) has been removed from injured reserve ahead of Saturday's game against the Stars and is expected to take part in the contest.

Bjugstad will draw into the lineup for the first time since Oct. 5, and he'll be joined by fellow IR returnee Bryan Rust, who will be making his season debut. With Evgeni Malkin (lower body) still on the shelf, Bjugstad is expected to jump right into the second-line center role.

October 26, 2019 12:48 PM
Penguins' Nick Bjugstad: Game-time call Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bjugstad (lower body) is listed as a game-time decision for Saturday's clash with the Stars, Seth Rorabaugh of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Bjugstad skated on the second line with Bryan Rust (hand) and Patric Hornqvist during Friday's practice, and it looks as though he might make his return to the Pens' lineup following a nine-game absence. It's worth noting that Bjugstad will need to come off IR before he can return to game action.

October 25, 2019 01:28 PM
Penguins' Nick Bjugstad: Practicing Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bjugstad (lower body) took the ice at Friday's practice session and was anchoring Pittsburgh's second line, Sam Kasan of Pens Inside Scoop reports.

While Bjugstad remains on injured reserve and would need to be activated prior to playing, the fact that he took part in line rushes bodes well for a return versus Dallas on Saturday. If the Minneapolis native does play, he figures to bump Jared McCann out of a top-six role and could be added to the No. 2 power-play unit as well.

October 23, 2019 07:36 PM
Penguins' Nick Bjugstad: Unavailable against Bolts
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bjugstad (lower body) won't play in Wednesday's game against the Lightning.

Bjugstad skated without a non-contact jersey Monday, and he's traveling with the team on its three-game road trip. He appears to have a good shot at getting into the lineup Saturday against the Stars, although he'll have to avoid setbacks in the meantime.

October 21, 2019 09:24 PM
Penguins' Nick Bjugstad: Closing in on return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bjugstad (lower body) shed his non-contact jersey during Monday's practice and will travel for the team's upcoming three-game road trip, Matt Vensel of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The Penguins' road trip starts Tuesday in Florida, stops in Tampa Bay on Wednesday, and ends Saturday in Dallas. It's unsettled when Bjugstad will return to the lineup, but he figures to get back at some point during the trip.

October 19, 2019 10:32 AM
Penguins' Nick Bjugstad: Ramping up activity
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bjugstad (lower body) was able to take part in on-ice workouts Saturday, Wes Crosby of reports.

Bjugstad isn't participating in team activities yet, but this is a step in the right direction for his recovery. The center remains on injured reserve, and the Penguins will likely need to see him back at practice before they consider removing Bjugstad from IR and reinserting him into the lineup.

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