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Robert Bortuzzo placed on injured reserve

The Blues defenseman will be out for at least two more weeks.

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Carl Gunnarsson should be back by November 1st, so this isn’t a huge problem for the Blues. Still, it’s probably not something that fans want to see right at this moment. From the Blues’ press release:

St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the Blues have placed defenseman Robert Bortuzzo on injured reserve (IR) with a lower-body injury. Bortuzzo will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

Bortuzzo, 29, has dressed in five games for the Blues this season, posting one goal and two penalty minutes. The 6’4, 216-pound defenseman is currently in his fifth campaign with the Blues after the club acquired him via trade from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Mar. 2, 2015. Overall, the Thunder Bay, Ontario, native has appeared in 281 career National Hockey League (NHL) regular-season games between Pittsburgh and St. Louis, recording 43 points (13 goals, 30 assists) and 306 penalty minutes.

The earliest that Bort can return is November 8th, which is in time for the Blues hosting the Sharks on November 9th.