Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, July 15, that the club has signed defenseman Matt Bartkowski to a one-year contract and forward David Pastrnak to an entry level contract. Bartkowski’s contract is worth a cap figure of $1,250,000. The 2013-14 campaign marked Bartkowski’s first full season with Boston, where the 26-year-old blueliner posted 18 assists with a plus-22 rating with 30 penalty minutes in 64 games. In total, Bartkowski has skated in 84 games with the Black & Gold from 2010 to 2014, racking up 20 helpers. On May 13, 2013, Bartkowski, skating in his second NHL postseason game, potted his first NHL playoff goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the eventual overtime win. Six days later, Bartkowski earned his first postseason assist against the New York Rangers on a third period Brad Marchand goal. The defenseman spent three seasons with the Providence Bruins from 2010 to 2013 (American Hockey League), where he appeared in 175 AHL games, tallying 11 goals and 58 assists. Prior to joining Providence, Bartkowski played collegiate hockey for Ohio State University from 2008 to 2010, where he finished with 11-27=38 totals and 145 penalty minutes in 80 games. In 2008-09, he became the first Buckeyes defenseman in 10 years to be named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team. The Pittsburgh, PA native was drafted by the Florida Panthers in the seventh round (190th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. On March 3, 2010, he was traded along with Dennis Seidenberg to Boston in exchange for Byron Bitz, Craig Weller and Tampa Bay’s 2010 second-round draft pick (Alexander Petrovic).
Bruins Sign Bartkowski to a One-Year Contract & Pastrnak to an Entry Level Contract
NHL.com | Jul 15