26-Year-Old Defenseman – Boston Bruins
Matt Bartkowski Contract Information:
Signed one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Bruins in July 2014.
Bartkowski will not be suspended or fined for his hit to the head on the Sabres' Brian Gionta on Sunday night, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Bartkowski spent the bulk of the 2012-13 season with AHL Providence, where he recorded 24 points in 56 games. In 18 NHL games, including the playoffs, he recorded one goal and four points. Bartkowski was almost traded by the Bruins in a deal that would have landed the team Jarome Iginla, but the organization is probably glad that fell through, as the blueliner played solid and poised hockey while with the big club and is now in line to compete for a full time job in the wake of Andrew Ference’s departure. While he’s not likely to develop into a major fantasy force, Bartkowski skates well and makes a good first pass, traits that will help him perform well in the transition game.
Bartkowski, who recorded 22 points in 50 games for AHL Providence last season, is among the slew of blueliners jostling for position behind the Bruins’ top-six defenders. He has a good shot from the point and is a candidate for an in-season callup, but injuries would have to hit hard for him to achieve fantasy relevance at the NHL level.
Although he appeared in six NHL games this past season, Bartkowski spent most of his time in the AHL, leading the team's defensemen in scoring with five goals and 18 assists in 69 games. His minus-17 rating is worth noting, but his big shot is an asset that could help him earn duty with the big club in 2011-12. As it is, he's one of a handful of young blueliners the team has lined up to seamlessly cycle in when injuries hit.
Bartkowski, acquired from Florida last season in the Dennis Seidenberg trade, is a physical player with a big shot, who gives the Bruins' organization some added blue line depth. He's slated to start the 2010-11 season with AHL Providence.