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Report: Bartkowski the final cut

10.06.10 at 9:28 am ET
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PRAGUE — According to Steve Harris of the Boston Herald, rookie defenseman Matt Bartkowski was notified on Wednesday by general manager Peter Chiarelli that he would be the final player released from camp before the team opens the regular season with two games against the Coyotes (the team is allowed to carry an extra goalie overseas, but Nolan Schaefer will also likely be sent to Providence before the team begins play in North America).

Bartkowski, 22, did not dress in either of the team’s games against the Belfast Giants and Liberec HC, and after Wednesday’s practice seemed to take the right attitude.

“I don’t really worry about it. If it happens, I’m just going to take it and do what I have to do to work my way back up,” Bartkowski said. “All of the positives that I’ve learned here, I’m just going to take those down with me and work on them and earn my spot [in the NHL].”

The Bruins’ thinking with the Ohio State product is that Bartkowski will be better off getting as much as time as he can at his age, and with a crowded group at the NHL level, he will be able to continue to grow as a player in Providence. Bartkowski agreed.

“I’d rather play in Providence than sit in games up here. I think that would be better for my development. Yeah, it would be a little let down, but it wouldn’t be too bad.”

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