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The Latest On Tyler Bertuzzi

03/18/2021 at 1:36pm EDT

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Will he return this season, which has only seven weeks remaining? Will he need surgery?

The team isn’t certain, but coach Jeff Blashill said Thursday the organization will do what is best for Bertuzzi in the long term.

“Everything is on the table,” Blashill said. “We’ll have to take it day by day. Obviously, Tyler is a big piece for our team. He’s in the prime of his career right now and it’s really unfortunate. I feel bad for Tyler. I feel bad for our hockey team. We’re a better team with him.”...

The club has said it is an upper-body injury but not a concussion. If it were his shoulder, arm or hand he likely would be skating daily. Instead, he has been on the ice only intermittently, by himself or with other injured players.

“He’s not skating right now,” Blashill said. “That certainly doesn’t make him close at all. The first step is to skate over a longer period of time than what he’s done. He’s kind of gone in spurts of two or three days and then has kind of come off it. He’s a ways out.”

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