July 12, 2012

Bruins ink blueliner Bartkowski

By Jesse Connolly

Peter Chiarelli has proven himself to be a pretty big fan of one-year, two-way contracts lately.

After doling out such deals to Garnet Exelby, Lane MacDermid and Christian Hanson, the Bruins GM has signed restricted free agent Matt Bartkowski to the same terms. Bartkowski will earn $600,000 in the NHL, $62,500 in the AHL.

A 24-year-old native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Bartkowski has appeared in nine games with the big club during his two pro seasons in the organization. During that time, he's notched 45 points in 119 games for Providence.

A former standout at Ohio State, Bartkowski was one of the last players cut from Bruins' camp in the fall of 2010. He was acquired in a trade that spring that saw Boston reel in Dennis Seidenberg from Florida. Bartkowski was originally picked 190th overall by the Panthers.

The 6-foot-1 defenseman has yet to record a point and owns a minus-3 rating in his nine appearances for Boston. Bartkowski's first three NHL games came against his hometown Penguins.

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.