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Robert Bortuzzo | Defenseman

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (25) / 3/18/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 215
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Robert Bortuzzo is back in the Penguins' lineup on Friday.
Bortuzzo spent a game in the press box Brooks Orpik was ready to return. Orpik didn't make it through the contest without suffering a new injury that forced him back on the sidelines. Bortuzzo has an assist in five playoff games. May 9 - 6:58 PM

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Robert Bortuzzo replaced the injured Brooks Orpik in the Pittsburgh lineup Saturday.

Bortuzzo played 13:36 minutes and while he did not garner a point, he had three shots on goal with two blocked shots and two hits. He partnered with Rob Scuderi in the 3-1 win over Columbus.
Apr 27 - 8:53 AM

Robert Bortuzzo is expected to play Saturday night versus Columbus.

Brooks Orpik is injured and he's not participating in the pregame warmup. Deryk Engelland is also taking part in the warmup, but Bortuzzo is slated to get the nod over him. If Bortuzzo does play then it will be in NHL playoff debut.
Apr 26 - 6:35 PM

Robert Bortuzzo has made a case to replace Kris Letang if the latter (stroke) doesn't return to the Penguins' defense corps this season.

The physical Thunder Bay, Ontario, native was used as the Penguins' No. 6 defenseman against the Jets in Winnipeg on Thursday and is receiving rave reviews from assistant coach Todd Reirden, who oversees Pittsburgh's defensemen. "He has really done a great job recently," Reirden said. "He's sending a pretty loud and clear message that he wants to have that spot, to be in the lineup, if Kris isn't available." Bortuzzo hasn't been a healthy scratch since March 15 and, in the subsequent 11 games, is a plus-4.
Apr 5 - 10:53 AM

Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) returned to action on Tuesday March 11.

Bortuzzo was sidelined for two games. He had two blocked shots and two hits in 14:26 minutes of ice time in his return.
Mar 12 - 2:29 AM

Robert Bortuzzo practiced on Sunday for first time since suffering an upper body injury Thursday.

Just an FYI as Bortuzzo has five assists in 39 games with 59 penalty minutes.
Mar 10 - 9:30 AM

Robert Bortuzzo had a pair of assists on Saturday.

While Bortuzzo has only three assists in 22 games, all three have come in the last four outings. He also has 33 penalty minutes. The sudden offensive outburst should not be seen as the norm so he is not worth a waiver wire pickup at this time.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 08:03:00 AM

Robert Bortuzzo has spent three straight games in the press box.

"If you get down about stuff like this," Bortuzzo said, "I think you're probably in the wrong business. It's part of hockey. It's part of sports. Of course you never want to have to sit at any point in your career, but it happens to a lot of people." Bortuzzo has no points and 16 penalty minutes in 14 games this season. If he ever starts to play regularly and develops a bit more offensively, then he might have some fantasy value thanks to his tendency to average over a PIM per game.
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 10:42:00 AM

Robert Bortuzzo seems to have solidified his spot on the Pittsburgh Penguins' roster.

That being said, Bortuzzo is still unlikely to crack the Penguins' top-four this season. He won't get many points in 2013-14, but he might end up with over 100 penalty minutes if he sticks with the Penguins for the entire campaign.
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 10:09:00 AM

Robert Bortuzzo is in a battle for a spot on Pittsburgh's third defensive pairing.

Bortuzzo is one of seven defensemen signed to one-way contracts, but that doesn't include Simon Despres, who is among those fighting with him for that spot. The good news from Bortuzzo's perspective is that the Penguins might move a defenseman, perhaps Matt Niskanen, because they are currently projected to be over the cap ceiling.
Sun, Sep 8, 2013 12:20:00 PM

Robert Bortuzzo has agreed to a two-year, one-way deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Bortuzzo new contract comes with an annual cap hit of $600,000. He had two goals and four points in 15 games in 2013. The Penguins now have a bit of a logjam with seven defensemen signed to one-way contracts, not including Simon Despres, who is still expected to make the team. Pittsburgh might trade away a blueliner as a result, but either way Bortuzzo will probably start the season on the team's third defensive pairing.
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 04:16:00 PM

Robert Bortuzzo's arbitration date is August 1.

Pittsburgh is hoping to sign Bortuzzo to a multi-year deal, so there's a good chance he'll agree to terms before his hearing. He had four points and 27 penalty minutes in 15 games last season.
Tue, Jul 16, 2013 05:33:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have interest in signing Robert Bortuzzo to a multi-year deal.

Bortuzzo has filed for salary arbitration, so that puts a bit of a deadline on the negotiations. He had four points and 27 penalty minutes in 15 games with the Penguins last season.
Thu, Jul 11, 2013 09:52:00 AM

Robert Bortuzzo filed for salary arbitration.

Bortozzo earned $525,000 last season at the NHL level. In 15 games, he had four points and 27 penalty minutes. Hearings will start later on this month.
Wed, Jul 10, 2013 06:52:00 PM

Pittsburgh Penguins extend qualifying offers to NHLers Dustin Jeffrey, Robert Bortuzzo and Harry Zolnierczyk and prospects Eric Hartzell, Paul Thompson, Brian Gibbons, Zach Sill and Riley Holzapfel.

It was procedural move for the Penguins, who retain the players' rights and ensure all will be restricted free agents Friday. Zolnierczyk and Jeffrey are both depth players for the NHL club, but Bortuzzo could land more of a regular role next season after appearing in 15 games with the Penguins in 2013.
Wed, Jul 3, 2013 09:33:00 AM

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C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Brandon Sutter
4Marcel Goc
LW1Chris Kunitz
2Beau Bennett
3Nick Spaling
4Blake Comeau
5Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond
RW1Patric Hornqvist
2Pascal Dupuis
3Steve Downie
4Craig Adams
5Jayson Megna
6Kasperi Kapanen
D1Kris Letang
2Christian Ehrhoff
3Paul Martin
4Olli Maatta
5Rob Scuderi
6Simon Despres
7Robert Bortuzzo
8Brian Dumoulin
G1Marc-Andre Fleury
2Thomas Greiss
3Jeff Zatkoff