|Assets:||Skates very well and is plenty mobile from the back end. Likes to be engaged in the play and isn't afraid of physical contact. Is a solid puck-moving D-man.|
|Flaws:||Could stand to add more strength to his 6-1 frame, so as to better defend against big forwards at the highest level. Lacks consistency on offense.|
|Career Potential:||Mobile depth defenseman.|
|3/01/2016||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|7/01/2015||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Vancouver Canucks to a one-year contract.|
|7/14/2014||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Boston Bruins to a one-year contract.|
|7/05/2014||Filed for salary arbitration.|
|6/30/2014||Boston Bruins tendered a qualifying offer.|
|4/22/2014||Missed the last 2 regular season and first 3 playoff games (wrist injury).|
|5/09/2013||Recalled from Providence (AHL).|
|4/26/2013||Assigned to Providence (AHL).|
|3/26/2013||Signed by the Boston Bruins to a one-year contract extension.|
|3/22/2013||Recalled from Providence (AHL) on an emergency basis.|
|1/17/2013||Assigned to Providence (AHL).|
|1/09/2013||Recalled from Providence (AHL).|
|9/14/2012||Assigned to Providence (AHL).|
|7/12/2012||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Boston Bruins to a one-year contract.|
|10/20/2011||Assigned to Providence (AHL).|
|4/12/2011||Recalled from Providence (AHL).|
|3/12/2011||Assigned to Providence (AHL).|
|3/04/2011||Recalled from Providence (AHL) on an emergency basis.|
|1/16/2011||Assigned to Providence (AHL).|
|1/14/2011||Recalled from Providence (AHL) on an emergency basis.|
|1/12/2011||Assigned to Providence (AHL).|
|1/10/2011||Recalled from Providence (AHL) on an emergency basis.|
|10/06/2010||Assigned to Providence (AHL).|
|4/29/2010||Signed by the Boston Bruins to a two-year entry-level contract.|
|3/03/2010||Acquired from the Florida Panthers.|
|7/01/2015||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Vancouver Canucks.|
|3/03/2010||Florida Panthers traded Dennis Seidenberg and Matthew Bartkowski to the Boston Bruins for Craig Weller, Byron Bitz and a 2nd round selection in 2010.|
|6/21/2008||Drafted by the Florida Panthers in the 7th round (190th overall) in 2008.|
| 06/23/2016 2:25 PM
NewsBartkowski will not be re-signed by Vancouver general manager Jim Benning told reports Thursday.
| 04/10/2016 3:38 AM
NewsBartkowski had two assists in 19:12 of ice time in Saturday's win over the Oilers.
| 03/01/2016 3:41 PM
NewsBartkowski (illness) will play Tuesday against the Islanders.
| 02/28/2016 7:09 PM
NewsBartkowski is a late scratch for Sunday's game against the Sharks.
| 02/26/2016 4:05 AM
NewsBartkowski recorded his 4th and 5th goals of the season, an assist and a plus-2 rating in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Senators.
| 02/25/2016 9:59 PM
NewsBartkowski (elbow) will play Thursday against the Senators.
| 02/25/2016 6:05 PM
NewsBartkowski (elbow) is expected to play in Thursday's game against the Senators, the Vancouver Sun reports.
| 02/22/2016 4:50 PM
NewsBartkowski reportedly needed a wrap for his elbow Monday and is considered day-to-day, Jon Abbott of TSN 1040 reports.
| 10/19/2015 2:07 AM
NewsBartkowski scored the lone Vancouver goal in Sunday's overtime loss to the Oilers.
| 07/01/2015 2:13 PM
NewsBartkowski signed a one-year deal with the Canucks on Wednesday worth $1.75 million, the Boston Herald reports.
Matt Bartkowski, Bruins avoid arbitration | 07/14/2014 12:07 PM
NewsMatt Bartkowski has agreed to a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the Boston Bruins.
Elliotte Friedman on Twitter
ImpactBartkowski had an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 30. The 26-year-old defenseman registered 18 assists in 64 games last season.
Matt Bartkowski's arb hearing date is July 30 | 07/09/2014 4:03 PM
NewsMatt Bartkowski's arbitration date has been set.
ImpactBartkowski will have a hearing on July 30 unless he can agree to terms with the Bruins before then. He had 18 assists and 30 penalty minutes in 64 games last season.
Matt Bartkowski's case may head to arbitrator | 07/05/2014 2:04 PM
NewsMatt Bartkowski chose to file for salary arbitration on Friday.
Ken Campbell on Twitter
ImpactHe skated in a career high 64 games with Boston last campaign. Bartkowski picked up 18 assists and 155 hits over that span, while averaging 19:32 of ice time per contest.
Matt Bartkowski will be an RFA in July | 06/12/2014 5:30 PM
NewsMatt Bartkowski will be a restricted free agent next month.
CSN New England
ImpactHe played well in 64 games during the regular season, but the playoffs proved that he still has some developing to do. Bartkowski will probably receive a raise from the $650,000 he earned in 2013-14, but he could also be used as trade bait for the Bruins as they look to shake up their roster a bit.
Matt Bartkowski is racking up PIMs | 05/12/2014 6:30 AM
NewsMatt Bartkowski has been whistled for five minor penalties in just three games in Boston's second-round series versus Montreal.
ImpactHe was called for two holding penalties in Saturday's 4-2 win, but he only agreed with one of them. "The one on [P.K.] Subban's a penalty, I know that. I'd rather not talk about the other one," Bartkowski said. He also picked up an assist in the contest and posted a plus-2 rating. The helper was his first point of these playoffs.
Matt Bartkowski draws back in for Boston | 05/09/2014 7:16 AM
NewsMatt Bartkowski was back in Boston's lineup Thursday night.
ImpactHe was a healthy scratch in Games 2 and 3 in Round 2 against Montreal. Andrej Meszaros took his place in the press box.
Bartkowski sits out Saturday night | 05/04/2014 1:16 PM
NewsMatt Bartkowski was a healthy scratch Saturday night for Game 2 against the Canadiens.
ImpactHe took two rather costly penalties in Game 1 and was replaced by Andrej Meszaros, who registered an assist on the Bruins' first goal in a 5-3 win. Meszaros also took a bad penalty which led to a Montreal goal Saturday night so it is unlcear which of the two will get to play Monday in Game 3.
Matt Bartkowski returns from the flu in Gm 3 | 04/23/2014 8:00 AM
NewsMatt Bartkowski got back in Boston's lineup on Tuesday from the flu.
ImpactHe missed the first two games of Boston's opening round series against Detroit with the illness. "I felt 100 percent the whole time. It was just getting re-acclimated on the first one or two shifts to the speed of the game. It's a pretty fast game," Bartkowski said. "I like playoff hockey. I think it's easier. Everyone's hard on every puck, everyone's hard on every play, so there's nothing really to worry about. You just have to be hard on everything. I like playoff hockey. It's a lot of fun." He was credited with two hits and one shot in 18:34 of ice time.
Bartkowski (flu) will take part in warmups | 04/22/2014 1:01 PM
NewsMatt Bartkowski (flu) will take part in Boston's pregame warmup on Tuesday.
Dan Rosen on Twitter
ImpactIt still remains to be seen if Bartkowski will be able to play in the contest. He missed Boston's first two playoff games.
Bartkowski (flu) skates, still day-to-day | 04/22/2014 7:29 AM
NewsMatt Bartkowski (flu) skated on Monday in an optional practice.
ImpactHe has missed the first two games of Boston's opening round series with Detroit due to the flu and he's still considered day-to-day. "We've talked about Matt Bartkowski being out for that long and being sick," coach Claude Julien said. "We have to allow him to skate a little bit and get himself back into the groove of things before you throw him into a game." As a result, he may not be ready to play in Game 3 on Tuesday night.
Matt Bartkowski won't play in Game 2 Sunday | 04/20/2014 1:56 PM
NewsThe Boston Bruins ruled Matt Bartkowski out of the lineup for Game 2 against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.
Boston Bruins on Twitter
ImpactHe's not particularly fantasy-relevant right now so JFYI.
Bartkowski has flu may not play Friday | 04/18/2014 9:01 AM
NewsMatt Bartkowski is listed as questionable for Friday's opening game of the playoffs against the Red Wings.
ImpactHe is battling the flu and did not practice this week. If Bartkowski can't go, Andrej Meszaros will dress in his place.
Bartkowski playing more and better | 01/25/2014 9:00 AM
NewsMatt Bartkowski has really picked up his game since fellow Bruin blueliner Dennis Seidenberg tore up his knee last month.
CSN New England
ImpactThe Bruins' coaching staff has doled out some of Seidenberg's playing time to Bartkowski and the 25-year-old rearguard has responded with solid play. "I think the more minutes [Bartkowski] has played, the better we've seen him play," said Boston bench boss Claude Julien. "It's kind of a normal thing for players: the more you play, the more you're involved and the better you play on most occasions. I think he's played his better hockey as of late, which is a good sign for us." Bartkowski has received over 20 minutes of ice time in six of his last nine games and has been fairly consistent in administering hits. Now if he could only increase his shot blocking (only 30 this season) and his offence (no goals and eight points) we might be willing to recommend him.
Matt Bartkowski doesn't play Monday | 12/25/2013 2:10 PM
NewsMatt Bartkowski was a healthy scratch on Monday.
ImpactBartkowski has played fairly regularly lately, although he doesn't do too much offensively. He has just six points in 22 games this season. Still, if he does manage to establish himself as an every game defenseman at the NHL level, he might have some value in leagues that use hits as a category. As it is he has 46 hits in 2013-14.
Matt Bartkowski is starting to be used more | 11/24/2013 8:57 AM
NewsMatt Bartkowski registered an assist in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win against Carolina.
CSN New England
ImpactBartkowski has five points in 11 games this season. After spending a good chunk of time as a healthy scratch in October and early November, Bartkowski has played in seven straight contests.
Bartkowski has four assists in seven games | 11/17/2013 9:04 AM
NewsMatt Bartkowski recorded two assists in Friday's 4-2 loss to Ottawa.
CSN New England
ImpactBartkowski has picked up four assists in just seven games. He's not playing often enough to warrant picking up in standard leagues, but he's worth keeping an eye on because his value will need to be reassessed if he manages to earn a regular top-six defenseman spot.
Bartkowski seamlessly returns to B's lineup | 11/12/2013 6:35 AM
NewsMatt Bartkowski was back in Boston's lineup Monday after being a healthy scratch for nine of the club's last 10 games.
Impact"I thought he played well tonight for his first game back in a long time," said coach Claude Julien. "So I don't know if it's an adjustment more than he's practiced hard and he's worked hard. And because of that he's able to step into our lineup and play the way he did tonight." He contributed an assist and earned a plus-2 rating in 16:24 of ice time.
Matt Bartkowski set to dress Monday afternoon | 11/11/2013 9:49 AM
NewsMatt Bartkowski will probably suit up in his fifth game of the season on Monday afternoon against Tampa Bay.
ImpactAdam McQuaid is doubtful to play because of what is suspected to be a groin injury. He has been working as an extra defenseman with the Bruins and he's played one game since Oct. 17.
Bartkowski could play Saturday v Columbus | 10/12/2013 8:45 AM
NewsMatt Bartkowski, a healthy scratch for the Bruins' first three contests, could draw into the lineup Saturday afternoon against the Blue Jackets.
ImpactBartkowski played his college hockey in Columbus with Ohio State and has many friends in town. It would make sense for Boston coach Claude Julien to insert him into the Boston lineup as he would be plenty motivated to do well.
Bartkowski will get into a game eventually | 10/09/2013 6:47 AM
NewsMatt Bartkowski has been a healthy scratch for Boston's first two games, but coach Claude Julien intends to use him at some point.
Impact"We've got some good young players that need to play, especially early in the year," Julien said. "You've got to give those guys opportunities to play. So when that's going to happen, I'm not sure yet, but certainly don't expect to see him in the stands for a whole month." Bartkowski made Boston's roster out of training camp as the team's seventh defenseman.
Matt Bartkowski scratched for opener | 10/03/2013 7:19 PM
NewsBruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski is a healthy scratch for Thursday's season opener.
NHLBruins on Twitter
ImpactBoth Torrey Krug and Dougie Hamilton are in the lineup, forcing Bartkowski to the press box for the time being. It's unlikely you were relying on him, but just in case you're in an exceptionally deep league, it's time to replace him with someone else.
Matt Bartkowski likely to be 7th defenseman | 09/26/2013 10:07 AM
NewsMatt Bartkowski might open the regular season as Boston's seventh defenseman.
ImpactHe has been good during training camp, but Torey Krug's power-play prowess is expected to keep him in the lineup for opening night.
Julien praises Matt Bartkowski's fitness | 09/13/2013 7:54 AM
NewsMatt Bartkowski has drawn praise from coach Claude Julien early into training camp.
Impact"The thing I've noticed is that he's come to camp in better shape than he ever has," Julien said. "That's the sign of a player maturing into a good pro. He's obviously figured it out, so that's a good start for Matt." The Boston bench boss added that an roster spot is "basically his job to lose." However, that position may come as the team's seventh defenseman.
M. Bartkowski takes being scratched in stride | 06/04/2013 7:59 AM
NewsMatt Bartkowski has been a healthy scratch for the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals.
ImpactIt's unfortunate for him that he didn't get to play in his hometown in Games 1 and 2, but he understands the tough lineup decisions that the team has to make. "Yeah, I mean, it's disappointing not playing," said Bartkowski, who grew up in Mount Lebanon, Pa. "But at the end of the day, it's coach's decision, there's nothing I can do about it and we won the game. That's the most important thing." Andrew Ference, who returned from a lower-body injury in Round 3, has replaced Bartkowski in the lineup.
Matt Bartkowski set to return home for ECF | 05/29/2013 10:01 AM
NewsMatt Bartkowski will be heading to his hometown of Pittsburgh to face the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals later this week.
Impact"It'll be fun," Bartkowski said. "I was part of the (Mario) Lemieux era and I don't think I'd be skating if he wasn't there. It's kind of cool we get to play playoffs in my hometown. I mean at the end of the day, I'm on Boston and that's Pittsburgh. We're there to win." The 24-year-old blueliner has fit in nicely with the Bruins after being thrust into action due to injuries. Bartkowski has two points, 21 hits and a minus-1 rating in seven postseason contests, while averaging 19:46 of ice time per game.
Matt Bartkowski has stepped up for Bruins | 05/27/2013 9:02 AM
NewsMatt Bartkowski has made the Boston Bruins feel good about the fact they missed out on Jarome Iginla.
ImpactBartkowski was going to be part of the Iginla trade that collapsed. However, Bartkowski has stepped up in the playoffs, chipping in both physically and a bit offensively. "If you're asking me am I happy because I kept him instead of getting Iginla, yes. Now, yes," Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said. "He's helped us. You've seen him emerge. But it also shows you that we're willing to give up good players to try and help the team win now."
Matt Bartkowski scores first NHL goal in win | 05/14/2013 9:09 AM
NewsMatt Bartkowski scored his first NHL goal in the Bruins' Game 7 win.
ImpactIt was the game's first goal, coming at 5:39. Bartkowski, in only his 23rd game, found the net and also had three shots on goal. Bruins coach Claude Julien was happy how his young defensemen, Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton, played. "You have to find a way to give credit to those two young guys on the back end -Hamilton and obviously Bartkowski," Julien said. "Bartkowski was moving the puck and carrying it so well tonight, and he scored a big goal for us. I saw Dougie Hamilton get more and more comfortable as the game went on as far as carrying the puck and making plays. You talk about people coming in, well we were minus three real good veterans in our back end, so that's half your core, and those guys come in and do a heck of a job.
Bartkowski in, Redden out for Game 7 | 05/13/2013 7:05 PM
NewsMatt Bartkowski will draw back into the lineup in Game 7.
Joe Haggerty on Twitter
ImpactWade Redden won't play Monday night after getting back into action in Game 6 from an undisclosed injury.
Bartkowski plays little in NHL playoff debut | 05/11/2013 9:36 AM
NewsMatt Bartkowski played sparingly in his NHL playoff debut Friday night.
ImpactHe received only 6:40 of ice time but was on the ice for the Leafs' Clarke MacArthur's game-winning goal. Bartkowski was replacing the injured Wade Redden and skated most of his shifts alongside Adam McQuaid. Despite the fact that he registered five assists in the first round of the AHL playoffs, Bartkowski can be ignored from a fantasy persepective.
Matt Bartkowski makes his playoffs debut | 05/10/2013 7:09 PM
NewsMatt Bartkowski is in the lineup for the Boston Bruins on Friday.
ImpactThis will be Bartkowski's first NHL playoff game. He has two assists in 20 career regular season contests with the Boston Bruins.
Matt Bartkowski likely to play in Game 5 | 05/10/2013 2:14 PM
NewsMatt Bartkowski should be considered Boston's likely candidate to replace injured defenseman Wade Redden on Friday night.
ImpactHe was recalled from the minors on Thursday and practiced alongside Adam McQuaid in the morning skate. Coach Claude Julien wouldn't commit to playing Bartkowski over Dougie Hamilton, but that appears to be his choice.
Bruins recall Matt Bartkowski from AHL | 05/09/2013 8:07 PM
NewsThe Boston Bruins have called up blueliner Matt Bartkowski from Providence of the AHL.
ImpactIt's not clear whether a current member of the Bruins has suffered an injury , but it's unlikely the defenseman will be in the lineup for Game Five against Toronto Friday.
Matt Bartkowski returns to the minors | 04/26/2013 3:59 PM
NewsMatt Bartkowski has been sent down to AHL Providence.
ImpactBartkowski has two points in 11 games with Boston this season. He also has three goals and 24 points in 56 AHL contests in 2012-13.
Matt Bartkowski records his first NHL point | 04/01/2013 8:18 AM
NewsMatt Bartkowski registered his first career point on Sunday.
CSN New England
ImpactIt was Bartkowski's 12th career NHL game. "It's kind of a monkey off my back, I guess. It always feels good to win and it feels even better when you can contribute in that way," said Bartkowski. He has some offensive upside, but he isn't expected to have any fantasy value in standard leagues for the rest of the season.
Bartkowski happy he wasn't dealt | 03/30/2013 9:15 AM
NewsMark Barkowski was naturally relieved that he was not dealt in the nixed Jarome Iginla deal.
ImpactHe was told to start packing his bags for Calgary after being scratched from Wednesday night's AHL game hours after signing a new contract with the Bruins. The deal was obvioulsy a condition of the trade with the Flames. "I wouldn't have signed that deal here if I didn't want to be here and didn't like it here," said Bartkowski. "So, I was pretty happy when I heard it didn't go through." Of course, he could still be dealt in another trade before Wednesday's deadline. That said, the Bruins still think pretty highly of Bartkowski.
Matt Bartkowski sent to Calgary Flames | 03/28/2013 12:28 AM
NewsDefenseman Matt Bartkowski was part of the trade (along with a first-rounder and Alexander Khokhlachev) that sent Jarome Iginla to the Boston Bruins.
Joe Haggerty on Twitter
ImpactBartkowski just signed a one-year contract extension worth $650K on Tuesday. He'll now be in the Calgary Flames system. We'll see if he gets immediate ice time.
Bruins sign Bartkowski to 1-year extension | 03/27/2013 9:15 AM
NewsMatt Bartkowski signed a one-year, one-way contract extension with the Bruins on Tuesday worth $650,000.
ImpactHis new deal will carry him through the 2013-14 season. Bartkowski has skated in two games with Boston this campaign where he's posted two penalty minutes, a minus-2 rating and averaged 14:19 of ice time.
Matt Bartkowski to make 2013 debut Saturday | 03/23/2013 2:53 PM
NewsMatt Bartkowski is projected to make his season debut on Saturday.
ImpactBartkowski has 24 points and 56 penalty minutes in 56 AHL contests in 2012-13. He will likely be on the Bruins' third pairing with Aaron Johnson.
Matt Bartkowski called up to Bruins | 03/23/2013 8:32 AM
NewsThe Bruins recalled Matt Bartkowski from the AHL on an emergency basis.
ImpactJohnny Boychukw as injured in Friday's practice and the Bruins aren't sure of his status for Saturday's game. Bartkowski has three goals and 21 assists in the AHL. It would be his first NHL action this year, though he has appeared in nine games in his career.
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|Goals||2||vs. Ott||Feb 25||0|
|Assists||2||vs. Edm||Apr 9||2|
|Points||3||vs. Ott||Feb 25||2|
|Penalty Minutes||4||vs. Cgy||Oct 10||20|
|Plus/Minus||2||7 times-last:vs. LA||last:Apr 4||2|
|Power Play Goals||0||80 times-last:vs. Edm||last:Apr 9||0|
|Power Play Points||0||80 times-last:vs. Edm||last:Apr 9||0|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||80 times-last:vs. Edm||last:Apr 9||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||80 times-last:vs. Edm||last:Apr 9||0|
|Shots||4||3 times-last:at Ari||last:Feb 10||4|
|Points||18||2 times-last: 2015-16 (Van)|
|Penalty Minutes||50||2015-16 (Van)|
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