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41 Robert Bortuzzo D
Height/Weight: 6-4/215 | Birthdate: 3/18/1989 | Birthplace: Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada | Team: Pittsburgh Penguins | College: None | NHL Experience: 3 | Salary: $525,000 | Owned/Started%: 2/1
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8:40 AM

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Robert Bortuzzo

Pens' Bortuzzo Passes Mumps Test

News: Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) tested negative for the mumps and has been cleared to rejoin the team.
Analysis: All of Robert Bortuzzo, Olli Mattaa, and Thomas Greiss fell ill Thursday, prompting the Penguins to isolate them from the rest of the team in the fear that they might have been the latest players to acquire the virus. Only Maatta tested positive for symptoms of the mumps, however, leaving Bortuzzo to resume his recovery process from the upper-body injury he sustained last Saturday. It's uncertain when he might return from that injury, but a better timetable should become available once he resumes skating with the team.

12/17/2014

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Robert Bortuzzo

Penguins Place Bortuzzo On IR

News: Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Robert Bortuzzo is dealing with the combination of an upper-body injury and an illness that could be related to the mumps, which would have put his status in peril for Thursday's tilt with the Avalanche. As a result, the Penguins elected to move him to injured reserve in order to open up an extra roster spot. Look for the team to recall an extra player prior to Thursday's game.

12/17/2014

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Robert Bortuzzo

Pens' Bortuzzo Being Tested For Mumps

News: Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) felt ill Wednesday morning and will undergo precautionary tests for the mumps.
Analysis: Since Robert Bortuzzo was already dealing with an upper-body injury that prevented him from playing in Monday's game, the addition of the illness to his medical report probably rules him out of Thursday's contest against the Avalanche. More importantly, the Penguins will hope that Bortuzzo hasn't become the latest casualty to the virus, which has already struck forwards Sidney Crosby and Beau Bennett. Fellow blueliner Olli Maatta and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury were also feeling under the weather Wednesday and will undergo testing for the mumps.

12/15/2014

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Robert Bortuzzo

Pens' Bortuzzo Out For Monday

News: Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) will not play Monday against the Lightning.
Analysis: The team is calling Robert Bortuzzo day-to-day with the injury, and doesn't expect him to be out very long. The blueliner collected two goals and three assists in 12 games before getting hurt.

12/13/2014

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Robert Bortuzzo

Pens' Bortuzzo Leaves Saturday With Injury

News: Robert Bortuzzo left Saturday's game after two periods with an undisclosed injury and will be re-evaluated, according to coach Mike Johnston.
Analysis: In 11:59 TOI, Robert Bortuzzo took two shots on goal and delivered four hits in 14 shifts. The Penguins play Monday, meaning that there will be little turnaround time for the defenseman to recover from his ailment.

12/7/2014

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Robert Bortuzzo

Pens' Bortuzzo Eligible To Return Monday

News: Robert Bortuzzo will be eligible to play Monday against the Rangers after completing his two-game suspension.
Analysis: There was no official word on whether Robert Bortuzzo, who gives Pittsburgh a physical edge defensively, will suit up against New York. Rookie Brian Dumoulin has filled in admirably for Bortuzzo, but there's a good chance Bortuzzo will skate on the Pens' third pairing Monday.

12/3/2014

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Robert Bortuzzo

Pens' Bortuzzo Suspended Two Games

News: Robert Bortuzzo was suspended for two games for his illegal hit on Jaromir Jagr on Tuesday, James Mirtle of TSN Hockey reports.
Analysis: Robert Bortuzzo has appeared in just nine games this season, tallying four points (two goals). Simon Despres could take his spot in the lineup for the next two games.

12/2/2014

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Robert Bortuzzo

Pens' Bortuzzo To Play Tuesday

News: Robert Bortuzzo (illness) will play Tuesday against the Devils.
Analysis: Robert Bortuzzo and Sidney Crosby were feeling under the weather and skipped the Penguins' morning skate, but both were on the ice for pregame warmups, verifying their status for Tuesday's game. Look for Bortuzzo to rejoin Robert Scuderi on the third defensive pairing.

11/29/2014

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Robert Bortuzzo

Bortuzzo Goes Yard For Pens On Saturday

News: Robert Bortuzzo netted his second goal in eight games Saturday, compiling a plus-2 rating with two PIM, two shots, two blocks and four hits against Carolina.
Analysis: The big blueliner was a late addition to the lineup when doctors encouraged the Pens to scratch Kris Letang (lower body). Robert Bortuzzo is battling Simon Despres for the team's sixth defender's spot, but he's produced surprisingly well -- four points, 14 PIM, 28 hits and 13 blocks -- in just eight contests.

11/21/2014

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Robert Bortuzzo

Bortuzzo Back In Friday For Pens

News: Robert Bortuzzo will skate against the Islanders on Friday, Root Sports in Pittsburgh reports.
Analysis: The rugged blueliner, who sat out the team's last game in Montreal, will take the place of Simon Despres in the lineup. Robert Bortuzzo has scored three points (1G,2A) in six games, registering 20 hits and eight blocked shots.

11/8/2014

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Robert Bortuzzo

Pens' Bortuzzo Finds Net Saturday

News: Robert Bortuzzo scored a goal and delivered eight hits Saturday against the Sabres.
Analysis: The point was Robert Bortuzzo's second in three games since returning from injury, while the goal was his first since the 2012-13 campaign. The rugged defender gives Pittsburgh a physical edge to its defensive corps -- the points are a fantasy bonus to whatever number of hits he collects.

11/5/2014

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Robert Bortuzzo

Bortuzzo Back With Pens On Tuesday

News: Robert Bortuzzo skated with Christian Ehrhoff on Tuesday in his season debut as part of Pittsburgh's second defensive pairing.
Analysis: He totaled 13:46 time on ice, including 27 seconds on the penalty kill, with the remainder of his ice time spent at even-strength. Robert Bortuzzo blocked two shots and dished out two hits. He won't pick up many points, but he also won't hurt fantasy teams with solid plus-minus rating and a decent number of hits. In the past, Bortuzzo has been used as a fifth or sixth defenseman. It will be interesting to see if he and Ehrhoff stick as a second pairing with Simon Despres and Rob Scuderi doing well as the team's fifth and sixth defenders. It's possible the pairings flip-flop or skate equal amounts of time in the future.

11/3/2014

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Robert Bortuzzo

Pens' Bortuzzo Healthy

News: Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) is ready to return to action, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: Robert Bortuzzo was a full participant in Monday's practice, and should be considered healthy heading into Tuesday's game against the Wild.

10/28/2014

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Robert Bortuzzo

Penguins' Bortuzzo Sidelined A Few More Days

News: Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) remains a few days away from playing, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Head coach Mike Johnston said Monday that Robert Bortuzzo was ready return, but he changed course Tuesday, and said that Bortuzzo is still about "5-to-6 days" away from taking the ice. Based on Johnston's estimate, Bortuzzo will likely return to action either Saturday against Buffalo, or Tuesday against Minnesota.

10/27/2014

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Robert Bortuzzo

Pens' Bortuzzo Will Play Tuesday

News: Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) will play Tuesday against the Devils, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Robert Bortuzzo has yet to suit up this year, but will make his season debut Tuesday night. He finished last season with 10 assists and 74 PIM in 54 games.

10/25/2014

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Robert Bortuzzo

Bortuzzo Taking Part In Pens' Saturday Skate

News: Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) and Simon Despres took turns as Pittsburgh's sixth defender in Saturday's morning skate.
Analysis: It was pretty much assumed Robert Bortuzzo would enter the lineup when healthy, but the Pens have apparently decided to keep veteran Rob Scuderi active while one of the two young blueliners will likely sit -- at least for Saturday's tilt in Nashville.

10/22/2014

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Robert Bortuzzo

Pens' Bortuzzo Closing In On Return

News: Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) won't play Wednesday against the Flyers, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Robert Bortuzzo alternated with Simon Despres on the Pens' third line at morning skate, and while he won't be available for Wednesday's game, he appears very close to a return. Coach Mike Johnston acknowledged that if Bortuzzo is able to get in a full practice Friday, he could be cleared to return to action Saturday versus the Predators.

10/20/2014

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Robert Bortuzzo

Pens' Bortuzzo Practices

News: Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) was on the ice for Monday's practice.
Analysis: Robert Bortuzzo is right on schedule in his rehab process, and should be able to return fairly soon now that he's begun practicing again. The blueliner has yet to suit up so far this season, but recorded 10 assists and 74 PIM in 54 games with the Penguins a year ago.

10/14/2014

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Robert Bortuzzo

Penguins' Bortuzzo A Week Away From Full Practice

News: Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) is about a week away from practicing fully, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: It's not clear how much practice time Robert Bortuzzo will need before he is ready for game action, but if he is able to skate in a week as anticipated, he will have a chance to suit up for the Penguins before the end of October.

9/29/2014

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Robert Bortuzzo

Pens' Bortuzzo Out 3-4 Weeks

News: Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) will miss the next 3-4 weeks, Josh Yohe of the Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: Robert Bortuzzo's injury didn't appear serious at first, but will apparently cause him to miss some time. There's still no word on what specifically is ailing the blueliner, but we'll have another update if more information comes out.

9/26/2014

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Robert Bortuzzo

Pens' Bortuzzo Day-To-Day After Hit

News: Robert Bortuzzo is day-to-day after taking a hit on the boards Thursday night, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: It's unclear what the injury is, but it does not appear serious, and Robert Bortuzzo should be ready to start the regular season.

4/26/2014

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Robert Bortuzzo

Pens' Bortuzzo To Make Playoff Debut Saturday

News: Robert Bortuzzo will make his first appearance of the 2013-14 playoffs Saturday.
Analysis: Robert Bortuzzo will make his playoff debut as part of a third pairing with Robert Scuderi. He collected 10 assists in 54 regular-season contests, adding 74 PIM, 137 hits and 73 blocks.

3/11/2014

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Robert Bortuzzo

Pens' Bortuzzo Returns To Lineup Tuesday

News: Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) will suit up Tuesday vs. the Capitals.
Analysis: He'll join Simon Despres on the Penguins' third defensive pairing. Robert Bortuzzo missed only two games with the upper-body injury.

3/10/2014

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Robert Bortuzzo

Pens' Bortuzzo Not In Lineup Monday

News: Robert Bortuzzo will not play Monday against the Capitals.
Analysis: Robert Bortuzzo skated in warm-ups, but evidently didn't feel healthy enough to play. He'll aim to return Tuesday, when the Pens finish up their home-and-home series with the Caps.

3/10/2014

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Robert Bortuzzo

Pens' Bortuzzo Present At Warm-Ups

News: Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) took warm-ups before Monday's game against the Capitals, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: We won't know for sure whether he's playing until the game starts, but it looks like a good bet that he'll be in the lineup at this point.