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The Wild have acquired Nick Bjugstad from the Penguins for a conditional 2021 draft pick.

Bjugstad missed 46 games after undergoing core muscle surgery in 2020 and then was hurt again three games after returning to the lineup and then the season was paused. Bjugstad has missed a total of 92 games (39.5%) over the last three seasons but will look for a fresh start in his hometown. Bjusgstad was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and went to the University of Minnesota, so this should be a welcomed move for the 28-year-old centre. Both Mikko Koivu and Alex Galchenyuk are UFAs at season's end, so there could be a very clear path to a bottom-6 role for Bjugstad.

Source: @penguins 09/14/20, 10:16 am EST

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Bjugstad underwent surgery to repair a core muscle injury and will miss at least eight weeks.

Bjugstad will miss his third straight game on Thursday and will miss at least two months after undergoing surgery today. Injuries have devastated the Penguins in the first two months of the season but they’ve continued to win games. Luckily, they’ll get Patric Hornqvist back to replace Bjugstad on Thursday.

Source: Josh Getzoff 11/21/19, 5:27 pm EST

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Bjugstad (lower-body) will be a game-time decision on Saturday.

Bjugstad has missed the last nine games with a lower-body injury but was back at practice on Friday and will be a game-time decision in Dallas. Bjugstad centred the second line with Bryan Rust and Patric Hornqvist and skated on the second power-play unit in practice.

Source: Seth Rorabaugh 10/26/19, 9:15 am EST

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Bjugstad (lower-body) will travel on the Penguins three-game road-trip.

Bjugstad has been sidelined since October 5th but will travel on the Penguins upcoming road-trip, which starts Tuesday in Florida. There's no indication whether or not Bjugstad will play on the trip but this is a step in the right direction for the 27-year-old centre.

Source: Matt Vensel 10/21/19, 12:42 pm EST

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Bjugstad (lower-body) is expected to be out “longer-term.”

Both Bjugstad and Evgeni Malkin are expected to miss extended periods of time with lower-body injuries. The Penguins were deep down the middle heading into the season and now will have to rely on players like Jared McCann and Teddy Blueger to centre their middle-6. Bjugstad has missed at least 15 games in three of the last four years.

Source: Matt Vensel 10/7/19, 12:55 pm EST

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Bjugstad (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision on Thursday.

Bjugstad was on the ice for Wednesday’s practice in a non-contact sweater after leaving Tuesday’s game with an undisclosed injury. Head coach Bob Boughner said Bjugstad was feeling “surprisingly decent” and listed him as a game-time decision for tonight’s game vs. the Avalanche. Juho Lammikko centred the third line with Bjugstad limited in practice.

Source: Jameson Olive 12/6/18, 7:46 am EST

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Bjugstad is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

Bjugstad missed Monday’s practice so his status for Tuesday’s game is in question. The Panthers called the winger “day-to-day” so monitor his status during Tuesday’s morning skate. With Bjugstad absent today, Denis Malgin skated on the Panthers’ top line and Mike Hoffman moved back to the second line.

Source: Jameson Cooper 10/15/18, 1:11 pm EST

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