June 23, 2024

Islanders acquire Robert Bortuzzo in trade with Blues

NEW YORK — The New York Islanders acquired Robert Bortuzzo in a trade with the St. Louis Blues on Friday that provides the Eastern Conference playoff contenders some much-needed dimension and depth on the blue line amid accidents.

The Islanders despatched a seventh-round decide in the 2024 draft to the Blues for the veteran defenseman, who has solely gotten into 4 video games this season whereas principally sitting out as a wholesome scratch.

The addition of the 6-foot-4, 217-pound Bortuzzo was finalized after New York put defenseman Ryan Pulock on injured reserve with a lower-body harm. Adam Pelech and Sebastian Aho are the opposite Islanders D-men on IR.

Bortuzzo, 34, had been with the Blues since 2015. He scored two objectives in 17 video games throughout their Stanley Cup run in 2019.

A local of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Bortuzzo has performed in 592 regular-season and playoff video games for Pittsburgh and St. Louis since making his debut with the Penguins in 2011.