Tag: Matt Bartkowski

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Defensemen Hunwick, Bartkowski to become UFAs


A pair of veteran blueliners will hit the open market tomorrow.

Matt Bartkowski, who’s played in 131 games over the last five years with Boston, has been told he won’t be re-signed by the club while Rangers rearguard Matt Hunwick, a veteran of nearly 350 NHL contests, will also go to market after New York passed on an extension.

Hunwick, 30, scored 11 points in 55 games for the Rangers last year and made six playoff appearances. The former Bruin and Avalanche played on a one-year, $600,000 deal in ’14-15 and could net a similar contract in free agency after what was, all things considered, not a bad effort in his lone year as a Blueshirt.

Bartkowski, 27, played last year on a $1.25 million deal but struggled to impress, scoring just four points in 47 games. He was briefly floated as a trade candidate at the deadline but, with no takers, he was left to play out the string with Boston.

It’ll be interesting to see what kind of traction Bartkowski gets on the open market. He’s still relatively young and, in ’13-14, he scored a career-high 18 points in 64 games and made eight playoff appearances for the Bruins.

Report: Bruins won’t re-sign Carl Soderberg


With as many as five pending unrestricted free agents on the roster, rookie Bruins’ GM Don Sweeney has decisions to make.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, at least one of those decisions has already been made.

Boston will not bring back center Carl Soderberg Friedman reports. The club is currently focused on re-signing restricted free agent defenseman Dougie Hamilton.

The Bruins have informed Soderberg that it’s “very unlikely” they’ll re-sign him.

Soderberg spent the past three seasons in Boston scoring 13 goals and 44 points in 82 games during the 2014-15 season.

The 29-year-old’s three-year, $3.025 million deal is set to expire next month.

Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille, Adam McQuaid and Matt Bartkowski are also in the final year of their respective contracts and set to become unrestricted free agents on July 1.

McQuaid camp ‘holding out hope’ to re-sign with Bruins

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New Bruins GM Don Sweeney has some decisions to make on the blue line.

As of now, the B’s only have four of their defensemen from the past season under contract: Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Torey Krug, and Kevan Miller. They have one big restricted free agent to sign in Dougie Hamilton, but that’s expected to get done somehow.

One of their unrestricted free agents is Adam McQuaid. The 28-year-old said last month he “can’t picture” moving on from Boston. But that may not be his call.

“We’re holding out hope [to get something done],” McQuaid’s agent, Paul Krepelka, tells CSNNE.com. “He’s a good fit here [in Boston].”

The other UFA on defense is Matt Bartkowski, who just so happened to be the subject of a speculative piece in today’s Vancouver Province. (The Canucks are, of course, led by GM Jim Benning, who knows Bartkowski well from his time in Boston.)

But it’s McQuaid that has the larger history with the B’s. He was a young depth defenseman on the 2011 Stanley Cup champion team, providing size and toughness behind an excellent top four of Chara, Seidenberg, Johnny Boychuk, and Andrew Ference. He played a similar role in 2013, when the B’s lost to Chicago in the final.

McQuaid is the kind of player that would seem to match the Bruins’ plans to get back to their aggressive ways. On the other hand, after being asked to play a larger role this season following the departure of Boychuk, he definitely had his struggles.

It begs the question — if the B’s choose to bring him back, what role do they envision him playing? Because the top four may be too big of an ask.

“I guess time will tell,” McQuaid said in April. “I’ll wait and see if it comes to [hitting free agency], and then obviously you have to go down that avenue.”

More bad news for the B’s — Hamilton out ‘indefinitely’

Dougie Hamilton #27 of the Boston Bruins skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on April 10, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. The Bruins defeated the Devils 5-4.
(April 9, 2013 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America)

Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton is out indefinitely with a suspected shoulder injury.

That’s the latest bit of bad news from Boston, where the desperate Bruins, now outside the playoff picture with just nine games remaining, are preparing to face Anaheim on Thursday.

Hamilton missed Sunday’s loss in Tampa Bay; he played just 13:11 Saturday against the Panthers in Sunrise. The 21-year-old has been a fixture on the Bruins’ blue line this season, with 10 goals and 32 assists in 72 games while averaging 21:20 in ice time.

Hamilton joins defenseman Kevan Miller (out for the season) on the injured list, leaving the B’s with a defense that may look something like this against the Ducks:

Zdeno Chara — Adam McQuaid
Torey Krug — Dennis Seidenberg
Matt Bartkowski — Zach Trotman

No word if Hamilton will be able to return before the regular season is over. But according to CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty, it’s feared the injury is “significant.”

Banged-up Bruin — Miller sent home with shoulder injury

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Winless in their last four, now the Boston Bruins have another problem — they’re down to just six healthy defenseman after Kevan Miller hurt his shoulder last night in Calgary.

Miller has reportedly been sent home for evaluation.

With three games remaining on their road trip (tomorrow in Edmonton, Friday in St. Louis, Sunday in Chicago), the B’s are expected to call up a defenseman (Zach Trotman?) from AHL Providence.

Against the Oilers, the Bruins’ could line up something like this on the back end:

Zdeno Chara — Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg — Adam McQuaid
Matt Bartkowski — Torey Krug

Related: Changes coming to Bruins’ defense?