Robert Bortuzzo

Mark Allan


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Robert Bortuzzo, D

Shoots: R

Height: 6-4

Weight: 215

Born: 1989-03-18

Hometown: Thunder Bay, ON, CAN

Drafted: 2007 by Pittsburgh, 78th Overall






March 2015 – In the first of two trade deadline transactions, Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford swapped hard-hitting Bortuzzo and a 2016 seventh-round draft pick to the Blues for 2007 St. Louis first-rounder Ian Cole. Both are restricted free agents after this season. In 38 games this season, the husky Bortuzzo totaled two goals, four assists and 68 PIMs with a minus-6 rating that made it easier to trade him. In 54 games in his first full-time NHL campaign, the 26-year-old puck-moving Cole had modest totals of four goals and five assists with virtually no special-teams ice time. The six-foot-one, 219-pounder had 44 penalty minutes and was an attractive plus-16 on the third pairing with Barret Jackman. While Bortuzzo provided size and physicality, Cole has more experience. Rutherford is feeling pressure in his first season with the Penguins, to bring another Stanley Cup to Pittsburgh. Mark Allan


January 2015 – With the return from injury of more established defensemen Kris Letang, Paul Martin and Christian Ehrhoff, the husky Bortuzzo dropped to a third pairing with Simon Depres. Not known for his offensive flair, the six-foot-four Bortuzzo is playing some hard hockey and discouraging opposing forwards around the Pittsburgh net. In 21 games, he had two goals and four assists with 36 PIMs and a zero plus-minus rating. For now, he’s won the right to stay in the NHL while Derrick Pouliot and Brian Dumoulin are greatly strengthening the blueline of the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Bortuzzo was scratched Jan. 16 in favour of the just-promoted Scott Harrington, although their fortunes reversed for the next game. Mark Allan


December 2014 – The 6-4 blueliner tested negative for the mumps, which practically guaranteed him a spot on Pittsburgh’s injury-ravaged blueline. Paired recently with rookie Derrick Pouliot, Bortuzzo has been living up to his reputation and playing steadily in his sophomore season. In 13 games with Pittsburgh, Bortuzzo had two goals, three assists, 18 penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating. Mark Allan


December 2014 – The big blueliner was tested for the mumps with which teammates Sidney Crosby and Beau Bennett have been diagnosed. Like Bortuzzo, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and defenseman Olli Maatta were also feeling unwell, and were tested for the infectious disease that has been diagnosed in 15 NHL players. In 12 games with Pittsburgh, Bortuzzo has two goals, three assists, 18 penalty minutes and sits with a plus-3 rating. Mark Allan


December 2014 – The strapping blueliner is making a name for himself with physical play. Unfortunately for him, he attracted the attention of NHL disciplinarians, receiving a two-game suspension without pay for a late hit on Jaromir Jagr in a 1-0 Pittsburgh win Dec. 2 over the Devils. Although no penalty was assessed, the league referred to the "predatory nature" of the second-period collision, in which a Bortuzzo shoulder to Jagr’s chin drove the New Jersey star into the boards and out of the game. Ironically, Bor