The Blues have resigned Robert Bortuzzo to a two-year deal worth $2.3 million ($1.15M AAV).
Bortuzzo has appeared in 64 games with the Blues over the last three seasons, collecting just four goals and three assists. Bortuzzo has never been known for his offensive production, picking just 27 points (8G / 19A) in 177 career NHL games.
Bortuzzo will miss 10 days with a lower-body injury.
Bortuzzo was injured early in the third period of Thursday’s shootout loss to the Red Wings. Bortuzzo will miss 10 days, but Bortuzzo was in an out of the lineup anyways, so this isn’t a big loss for St. Louis.
Bortuzzo picked up just one shot on goal in 13:17 TOI in the Blues season opener on Wednesday. St. Louis is back in action tonight vs. the Wild, but Bortuzzo will sit and Carl Gunnarsson will replace him.
Bortuzzo (undisclosed) will return to the lineup on Saturday.
Bortuzzo missed the last two games, but will be available for Saturday’s season finale. There is no word on who would come out of the lineup, but Bortuzzo could be in there to give someone a night off heading into the playoffs.
The Blues have acquired Robert Bortuzzo and a 7th round pick from the Penguins for Ian Cole.
The Blues acquired Zbynek Michalek earlier in the day, who is a shot blocking defensive defenseman, but he is recovering from a concussion right now so the Blues add Bortuzzo as insurance. Bortuzzo is an in-your-face physical defenseman who plays a relatively simple game.