Bruins sign Bartkowski to one-year deal

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Bruins sign Bartkowski to one-year deal

The Bruins wrapped up their own group of restricted free agents on Thursday by locking down defenseman Matt Bartkowski to a one-year, two-way contract for the upcoming season.
Bartkowski actually started the 2011-12 season with the Bruins when Adam McQuaid wasnt fully healthy to start the campaign, and played in three games with the Black and Gold before getting sent back down to the AHL.
Bartkowski spent the rest of the season with the Providence Bruins where he finished with 22 points and 38 penalty minutes in 50 games, and continues to straddle that fine line between AHL prospect and established NHL defenseman. Thus far, the 6-foot-1, 203-pound Bartkowski has appeared in nine NHL games with the Bruins while putting up four penalty minutes.
Bartkowski has shown flashes during training camp when it comes to making a quick first pass and looking for plays in the offensive zone while playing sound defense, but it appears as if the game has quickened up on him once hes dropped into live NHL games.
The difficulty is determining whether Bartkowskis difficulties breaking pucks out of his own end are due to a lack of consistent playing timeexperience at the NHL level, or a fatal flaw in processing on-ice information quickly.
But his numbers and consistency at the AHL level indicate hes at least due for an extended opportunity at the NHL level in the next couple of seasons.
The 24-year-old Pittsburgh native is expected to play with the P-Bruins again this season, and will likely be one of the first players recalled should injuries hit Boston along the backline. Bartkowski will be paid 600,000 if hes playing at the NHL level and 62,500 at the AHL level.

Trade targets for Bruins as they enter trade deadline season

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Trade targets for Bruins as they enter trade deadline season

Joe Haggerty looks at a number of trade possibilities for the Bruins with the NHL deadline little more than a week away

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Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while spring training is ramping up in a big way down in Florida.

*The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to wear their great, green, old school St. Pat’s sweaters around St. Patrick’s Day this season.

*Jonathan Quick is on the ice and participating in hockey activity, but isn’t quite ready to return for the Los Angeles Kings.

*This is one of the best things you’ll see today with Vladimir Tarasenko making the 11th birthday celebration for a special little girl.

*The Edmonton Oilers could potentially make a lot of moves at the NHL trade deadline, and unsurprisingly, there is quite the call for them to dump Benoit Pouliot after that bad contract they signed him to a couple of years ago.

*Lyle Richardson is predicting the biggest buyers at the 2017 NHL trade deadline and the Bruins are not among the nine teams listed.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle goes 1-on-1 with Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello a wide range of subjects for the Athletic up in Toronto.

*Tommy Wingels continues to fight for inclusion in hockey even as he’s gone from the San Jose Sharks to the Ottawa Senators this season.

*For something completely different: A perfect pool trick shot video will blow your mind and probably get a few pool tables ruined with people trying to recreate it.