Bruins sign Bartkowski to one-year deal


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.

Morning Skate: Habs' Pacioretty blames himself


Morning Skate: Habs' Pacioretty blames himself

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching the Montreal Canadiens crash and burn in the Atlantic Division.  

*Max Pacioretty is certainly falling on his sword up in Montreal calling himself “the worst one on the ice” as the Habs really struggle to get going this season.

*Brad Marchand was on the Twitter machine after Thursday night’s win and having some fun with what his video game controller probably looks like when he plays hockey.

*Pro Hockey Talk has the details of the Erik Gudbranson boarding hit on Frank Vatrano from last night that looks like it’s going to get the Vancouver D-man suspended.

*Oliver Ekman-Larsson is still adjusting to the changes that are taking place with the Arizona Coyotes as they struggle in the desert.

*The Maple Leafs are looking and acting like contenders early on up in Toronto, and that would be a very good thing for the NHL.

*For something completely different: The Backstreet Boys are going country? Now I’ve definitely seen it all.


Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid’s leg is broken, will have surgery Monday

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid’s leg is broken, will have surgery Monday

BRIGHTON, Mass – Another serious injury has hit the Bruins in the first few weeks of the season.

Adam McQuaid’s right leg is broken, he'll have surgery Monday and he’ll miss some significant time after he blocked a shot that knocked him out of the Thursday night victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The rugged, stay-at-home defenseman took multiple pucks of in successive games off his leg in the past two games against the Golden Knights and the Canucks.


Bruins GM Don Sweeney, in a Bruins statement released after practice Friday, said McQuaid sustained a broken right fibula and is scheduled to have surgery on Monday at Mass. General Hospital. He is expected to miss approximately eight weeks.

It’s a tough blow for McQuaid, 31, after he was able to play 77 games last season before missing the playoffs with an injury and has consistently battled injuries in his career while playing a hard-nosed, fearless brand of hockey.

“Adam [McQuaid] is seeing the doctors as we speak, so there will be an announcement about him,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said earlier Friday at practice. “With Bergie [Patrice Bergeron] it’s a maintenance day where we felt it would be better after 20 minutes of ice to let it rest, and the same with [David] Krejci. Miller is a maintenance day as well. He got whacked, but he should be fine as well. We’ll have a better idea in the morning, but we expect all of the [maintenance players] to play.”

Bergeron, David Krejci and Kevan Miller were all missing from practice on Friday morning at Warrior Ice Arena, but it was maintenance days for all as they’re expected to be back in the lineup on Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres. 

Tuukka Rask is out indefinitely while in the concussion protocol after his practice collision earlier this week, but the good news is that Bruins goaltender was up and around at the practice facility on Friday rather than at home convalescing in a dark room.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings for the Black and Gold with a few bodies missing from practice: