Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has never been a fan of going to arbitration, and yesterday he avoided the potentially prickly process when he re-signed 26-year-old defenseman Matt Bartkowski to a one-year, one-way contract worth $1.25 million.

However, whether Bartkowski remains in the long-term plans remains to be seen.

Counting David Warsofsky, who spent most of the year in Providence and still has to be re-signed, the Bruins have nine NHL or NHL-ready defensemen in their organization. The B’s also have to re-sign restricted free agent forward Reilly Smith and defenseman Torey Krug and account for replacements for Jarome Iginla, Shawn Thornton and a 13th forward.

With the B’s salary cap space roughly at $4.5 million after the Bartkowski signing, someone will have to go. The most speculated name that might be trade bait is Johnny Boychuk, who is heading into the final year of his contract that carries a cap hit of $3.366 million. The defenseman could make a killing on the open market next summer, if he chooses to go that route. Free agent Brooks Orpik signed a whopping five-year, $27.5 million deal this summer with the Washington Capitals.

But Bartkowski could just as easily be a player that is moved. The B’s currently have five left-shooting defensemen (Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Krug, Bartkowski and Warsofsky) to fill three spots, possibly four with the extra defenseman the team carries.

Bartkowski’s salary is a healthy raise from last year’s $650,000. While he struggled mightily in the Bruins’ upset loss to the Montreal Canadiens in the seven-game playoff series, he had decent stats, most notably his plus 22 while playing 19:32 a game. He had 18 assists in 64 regular-season games.