The Bruins have avoided arbitration with Matt Bartkowski by inking him to a one-year, $1.25 million deal, according to Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada. Bartkowski was the only Bruin to file for arbitration.
Bartkowski served as an extra defenseman for the Bruins last season before becoming a second-pairing blue-liner in place of the injured Dennis Seidenberg . With the Bruins currently possessing a surplus of defenseman, Bartkowski could either return as an extra defenseman or be traded in a deal to get the B’s some help on the wing.
With Bartkowski now signed, the Bruins have approximately $4.418 million dollars in salary cap space. The team still has multiple players left to sign, including restricted free agents Matt Fraser and Jordan Caron as well as entry level free agents Reilly Smith and Torey Krug.
Neither Smith nor Krug can negotiate with other teams, as their entry level deals have expired but they are not yet eligible for restricted free agency.