Nutivaara returned to the team Tuesday after clearing the NHL's COVID-19 protocols, David Dwork of Local 10 Miami reports.
Nutivaara is eligible to make his Panthers debut in Tuesday's game against the Blackhawks. The 26-year-old blueliner logged 244 NHL games over the last four years with the Panthers, contributing 17 goals, 43 assists and 30 PIM.
Nutivaara was placed in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol Monday, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.
Nutivaara was already expected to miss Tuesday's game against the Blackhawks, and the reason for his absence is now clear. The 26-year-old won't be able to participate in team activities until he clears the COVID-19 protocols.
Coach Joel Quenneville doesn't expect Nutivaara (not injury related) to play in Sunday's or Tuesday's game against the Blackhawks, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Nutivaara missed the entirety of Florida's training camp due to the NHL's COVID-19 protocol, so he'll likely need a few practices to get up to speed before making his Panthers debut. The 26-year-old Finn notched nine points in 37 games while skating in a bottom-pairing role with the Blue Jackets last season.
Per the NHL's Media Site, Nutivaara was cleared from the league's COVID-19 protocols.
Nutivaara was placed on the list Wednesday, so it's a positive sign to see the 26-year-old activated a day later. With Thursday and Friday's games cancelled with the Stars, the Panthers won't play until Sunday, which gives Nutivaara a good chance to suit up.
Nutivaara is unavailable due to the league's COVID-19 protocols.
The specifics of his placement remain unclear, but Nutivaara will not be able to practice or travel with the team until he's been cleared. This news likely rules the forward out of Thursday's game against the Stars, but there's no specific timeline for his return.
Nutivaara (undisclosed) was deemed unfit to play in practice Monday, David Dwork of WPLG Local 10 News South Florida reports.
Nutivaara's practice debut with the Panthers will be put on hold, likely because he has not yet completed the required quarantine period, though it's possible there's a different reason at play for his absence. The 26-year-old blueliner was in and out of the lineup in a deep Columbus defense corps last season but should have an everyday role for the Panthers.
Nutivaara was acquired by the Panthers from the Blue Jackets on Thursday in a swap for Cliff Pu.
Nutivaara played in just 37 games for the Jackets last season in which he notched three goals, six assists and 47 shots while averaging 15:55 of ice time. With Florida, the blueliner should have significantly more opportunities to get into the lineup, though he'll face challenges for ice time from Riley Stillman and Brady Keeper.
Nutivaara is in the lineup Sunday for Game 5 against Toronto, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Nutivaara was a healthy scratch in Games 1, 2 and 4, and skated 17:47 while not contributing anything offensively other than a shot on net in Game 3. With head coach John Tortorella opting to roll with seven defensemen for the must-win Game 5, Nutivaara made the cut in favor of forward Nathan Gerbe.
Nutivaara has recorded only one assist with five shots, nine hits, 13 blocked shots and a plus-2 rating over his last 12 games.
The 25-year-old remains a steady presence in his own end and a key cog in a blue line corps that has been helping rookie netminder Elvis Merzlikins shine, but Nutivaara hasn't been doing much to help fantasy GMs. Don't expect that to change down the stretch.
Nutivaara (upper body) went minus-1 in 16:17 during Monday's 4-2 win over the Kings.
Nutivaara's first game in two months was a quiet one. The Finnish defenseman figures to serve in a third-pairing role. Fantasy owners need not pay much attention -- he has only two goals through 11 appearances this season.
Nutivaara (upper body) was activated from injured reserve Sunday.
Nutivaara has been skating for over a month but hasn't played in a game since Nov. 5. The 25-year-old is expected to return to the lineup for Monday's game versus the Kings, likely bumping out Gabriel Carlsson. Nutivaara has two goals through 10 games this season.
Nutivaara (upper body) practiced with a no-contact jersey Monday, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Following a report by Portzline on Sunday revealing there was no clear timeline for Nutivaara's return, the 24-year-old defenseman has made his next step in recovery. Nutivaara needs to elevate to full participation before being reinserted into the lineup, but it's realistic to project him to return within the next week or so. It comes at a crucial time since Zach Werenski (shoulder) is expected to miss four weeks.
Nutivaara (upper body) still has no clear timeline to return, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
It's unlikely Nutivaara returns to the lineup this week, and his absence became more damaging following the report that Zach Werenski (shoulder) will miss the next four weeks. Nutivaara hasn't played since Nov. 5, and he's recorded two goals and zero assists through 10 contests.
Nutivaara (upper body) remains on injured reserve ahead of Friday's matchup with St. Louis, per the NHL's official media site.
Nutivaara will be eligible to return whenever he's deemed fit to play, but at this point there's no telling when that might be. Another update on the 25-year-old blueliner's status should surface once he's set to rejoin the lineup.
The Blue Jackets place Nutivaara (upper body) on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 5, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
With the move, the earliest Nutivaara can return is Tuesday's game against the Canadians, and he's thought of as day-to-day. The Finn suffered the injury in Tuesday's game against Vegas, and it's still unclear how long he'll be sidelined. Scott Harrington should continue to be deployed in Columbus' bottom defensive pair for the time being.
Nutivaara (upper body) won't travel with the Blue Jackets to Arizona for Thursday's clash with the Coyotes, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Thursday's contest is the first in a three-game road trip for Columbus, so at this point it seems like a foregone conclusion that Nutivaara will miss multiple matches with the upper-body injury he sustained Tuesday versus Vegas. Scott Harrington is the leading candidate to replace Nutivaara on the Blue Jackets' bottom pairing.
Nutivaara suffered a upper-body injury and won't return to Tuesday's game against Vegas.
It's unclear how Nutivaara suffered the injury, but will miss out on the last half of the third period. The Finn had just missed the past two games with a lower-body injury, so the hope for he and the team is that his new issue isn't long term. Columbus will roll with five defenseman for the remainder of the game.
As expected, Nutivaara (lower body) will return to the lineup for Wednesday's game against Edmonton, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Nutivaara will return to a top-four role following a two-game absence, skating with David Savard on the Blue Jackets' second pairing. The 25-year-old Finn has potted two goals and fired 14 shots on net in eight games this campaign.
Nutivaara (lower body) is expected to return to action Wednesday against the Oilers, Jacob Myers of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
With Ryan Murray (hand) on IR, the Jackets can ill afford to be without two of their regular blueliners. Nutivaara has missed the last two contests with his injury but was able to practice Monday, and the 25-year-old has two goals and a plus-1 rating through eight games this season.
Nutivaara (lower body) did not accompany the team to Philadelphia and will miss Saturday's game versus the Flyers, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
Nutivaara failed to suit up Oct. 24 and will miss a second straight contest after not making the trip to Philly. Following Saturday, he'll get the benefit of three days off between games. The 25-year-old has scored twice in eight contests this season.
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