blue·​lin·​er | \ ˈblü-ˌlī-nər How to pronounce blueliner (audio) \

Definition of blueliner

: a defenseman in ice hockey

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There are some question marks for the Wild heading into this season, starting with the health of captain Mikko Koivu (right knee) and star blue liner Matt Dumba (chest), who missed the end of last season with injuries that crippled the team. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Are Wild opening season with a chip on their shoulder? No, that’s a boulder.," 12 Sep. 2019 One of the league’s most fit and solid stay-at-home blue liners, the 6-foot-2-inch, 210-pound Miller was on the verge of returning to work for the Stanley Cup Final when the kneecap fractured for a second time in some six weeks. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "Checking in on the Bruins’ Kevan Miller," 17 Aug. 2019 So what of young blue liner Mikhail Sergachev, sent south from Montreal for Jonathan Drouin while still a prospect? Matt Porter,, "Bruins’ Anders Bjork has healthy outlook despite shoulder injuries," 3 Aug. 2019 San Jose’s biggest investment in the offseason was the mega-extension handed Erik Karlsson, which will pay the former Senators blue liner a whopping $11.5 million for each of the next eight seasons. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "How to improve the NHL’s product? Dress more skaters," 20 July 2019 Using the skills learned as a figure skater to his advantage, Warren developed into a standout blue liner with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Wild prospect Marshall Warren parlays figure skating background into NHL opportunity," 27 June 2019 The same goes for San Jose, which re-signed two-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Erik Karlsson to a $92 million, 11-year contract and already cleared some room by dealing veteran blue liner Justin Braun to Philadelphia . Washington Post, "Follow the money: Salary cap could spawn NHL trade frenzy," 19 June 2019 With the potential departure of veteran blue liner Brooks Orpik, Hagelin could be counted on to take a bigger leadership role this fall in his first full season in Washington., "Capitals re-sign Carl Hagelin to four-year, $11 million deal," 16 June 2019 The good news, when Edmonton finally unloaded the unproductive Penner on Los Angeles three-plus years later, the package included a first-round Kings pick that brought the Oilers top blue liner Oscar Klefbom. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "Blues’ Stanley Cup blueprint: Don’t expect league to follow suit," 15 June 2019

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1974, in the meaning defined above

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