Tag: Robert Bortuzzo

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Blues add depth on D, sign Benoit


Defenseman Andre Benoit has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues.

From the press release:

Benoit, 31, dressed in 59 regular season games with the Buffalo Sabres last season, posting nine points (one goal, eight assists) and 20 penalty minutes.

Overall, the 5’11, 192-pound has appeared in four National Hockey League (NHL) seasons, including stints with Ottawa, Colorado and Buffalo.  He has amassed 48 points (11 goals, 37 assists) and 60 penalty minutes in 179 career regular season games, as well as four assists and six penalty minutes in 12 career postseason games.

The Blues already have six d-men on one-way contracts for next season: Alex Pietrangelo, Jay Bouwmeester, Kevin Shattenkirk, Carl Gunnarsson, Robert Bortuzzo, and Chris Butler. There’s also young Petteri Lindbohm, still on his entry-level deal.

Related: Blues inform Barret Jackman that he won’t be re-signed

Blues sign Bortuzzo to a two-year, $2.1 million deal

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The St. Louis Blues have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with defenseman Robert Bortuzzo, the club announced on Thursday.

According to Lou Korac of NHL.com, the deal is worth $2.1 million with a $1.05 million annual average value. Bortuzzo will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the deal.

The 26-year-old appeared in 13 regular season games with the Blues following a mid-season trade from the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The St. Louis Blues have also come to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with forward Jordan Caron.

Caron split the 2014-15 season between the Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche organizations.

The 24-year-old appeared in 11 games with the Bruins registering 16 penalty minutes and a minus-1 rating. He was involved in the trade, which saw Max Talbot go from the Avs to the Bruins.

In 19 games with Colorado, Caron picked up two penalty minutes and a minus-1 rating.

Caron was originally a first-round pick of the Boston Bruins (25th overall) in 2009.

NHL on NBCSN: Blues, Blackhawks battle for positioning in Central

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NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign tonight as the St. Louis Blues host the Chicago Blackhawks at Scottrade Center with puck drop at 8 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

The Blackhawks and Blues conclude their season series tonight in St. Louis. Both teams have won two games in the series.

St. Louis used a 2-1 win over Chicago on Sunday to take over top spot in the Central Division. Jake Allen, who won that game for the Blues, gets the call again Thursday for his third straight start. Allen may have stolen the starting job from veteran Brian Elliott as the playoffs approach.

Chicago has two games remaining (including tonight) and can finish anywhere from the top seed in the Central to the first wild card spot in the Western Conference. The Blackhawks head to St. Louis looking to avoid a third straight loss.

Defenseman Kimmo Timonen is day-to-day with an upper body injury following a hit from Ryan Reaves on Sunday. Chicago is also without Brad Richards (upper body) for the remainder of the season. Patrick Kane (clavicle) is skating with the team, but has yet to be cleared for a return.

St. Louis can clinch home ice in the first round with a win tonight. A Blues victory coupled with a Predators regulation loss against the Wild would win St. Louis the Central Division on Thursday. The Blues are looking for their second Central Division crown in four seasons.

The Blues will be without Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) who was injured Sunday night in Chicago. Additionally, Alex Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko are expected to miss the contest due to lower body injuries.

St. Louis enters tonight’s action one point up on Nashville and three points ahead of Chicago.

Blues take over Central Division lead, beat Blackhawks

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The St. Louis Blues leapfrogged the Nashville Predators for the Central Division lead with a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night.

The Blackhawks are third in the Central Division and six points up on the Minnesota Wild, who hold the first wild card seed.

St. Louis has now won three straight while Chicago had its four-game win streak snapped.

Kris Versteeg opened the scoring at 14:12 of the first period, but it was all St. Louis after that.

David Backes tied it 1-1 at 6:07 of the second period with his 26th of the season and Olli Jokinen netted the game winner at 15:12 of the second.

Jake Allen made 38 saves for the win while Corey Crawford stopped 31 shots in the loss.

Both teams lost defensemen in the first period.

St. Louis was without Robert Bortuzzo for the final two periods due to an upper body injury.

Kimmo Timonen was hit by Blues’ forward Ryan Reaves midway through the first and left with an undisclosed injury. The Blackhawks announced post-game that Timonen is day-to-day.

Video: Reaves loses teeth, Bortuzzo and Timonen suffer first period injuries

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The Blues lost defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and the Blackhawks are without Kimmo Timonen for the rest of the night in Chicago.

Bortuzzo played nearly three minutes of the first period before leaving with an upper body injury.

Timonen was hit by Blues tough guy Ryan Reaves near the midway mark of the first period and did not return.

Timonen played just three shifts.

The 40-year-old was playing 15th game of the season after missing the first five months recovering from blood clots.

Timonen’s teammate Brent Seabrook got a measure of revenge on Reaves in the second period.

Seabrook’s hit caused Reaves to lose a couple teeth.