NHL Injury News: Pavel Buchnevich on IR, Philipp Grubauer out, and more

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Sep 27, 2021; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Blues right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) looks on during the second period against the Dallas Stars at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Blues placed forward Pavel Buchnevich on injured reserve and signed fellow forward Tyler Pitlick to a one-year contract.

Pitlick’s deal is worth $750,000, per the club’s release confirming the moves Tuesday.

NHL Injury: Pavel Buchnevich to IR

Buchnevich, 27, has been sidelined since the season opener with an undisclosed issue. He scored a goal and added an assist in 18:50 of ice time in the win over Columbus.

He’ll have to miss at least seven more days.

Buchnevich is in his second season with the Blues. He has 195 points (79 goals, 116 assists) in 301 career games with the New York Rangers (2016-21) and Blues.

Pitlick, 30, split 2021-22 between Calgary and Montreal, posting five points (one goal, four assists) in 39 games overall. Pitlick came to St. Louis on a professional tryout ahead of training camp.

The former second-round pick of Edmonton (2010) has 89 career points (48 goals, 41 assists) in 325 games with six teams.

Kraken place Grubauer on IR

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Jan 23, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Kraken goaltender Philipp Grubauer (31) saves a goal during the third period against the Florida Panthers at Climate Pledge Arena. Seattle defeated Florida 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Kraken placed goaltender Philipp Grubauer on injured reserve Tuesday with a lower-body ailment.

Grubauer sustained the injury during the third period of the Kraken’s 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday. Martin Jones relieved Grubauer and made one save to pick up the win.

Grubauer, 30, is 0-1-1 with a 3.77 goals-against average and an .860 save percentage in four games (three starts) this season.

He owns a 127-93-27 record with a 2.53 GAA and .913 save percentage in 273 career appearances (244 starts) with the Washington Capitals, Avalanche and Kraken. He was selected by the Capitals in the fourth round of the 2010 NHL Draft.

James va Riemsdyk to have surgery

Philadelphia Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk will undergo surgery on Friday to repair a broken finger on his left hand.

The team did not provide a timeline of recovery, however Flyers coach John Tortorella said the injury is not expected to end van Riemsdyk’s season.

The 33-year-old was off to a strong start to the season before sustaining the injury after a shot bounced off his left hand during the first period of Philadelphia’s 3-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Sunday. He did not return to the game.

van Riemsdyk had two goals and three assists in his first five games of the campaign. He will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.

The New Jersey native has totaled 567 points (290 goals, 277 assists) in 885 career games with the Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs. He was selected by the Flyers with the second overall pick in the 2007 NHL Draft.

–Field Level Media