Bruins sign David Pastrnak, Matt Bartkowski
|07.15.14 at 10:34 am ET|
The Bruins announced Tuesday that they have signed right wing David Pastrnak to an entry level contract. They also officially announced the signing of Matt Bartkowski to a one-year, $1.25 million deal.
Pastrnak, the team’s first-round pick (25th overall) in last month’s draft, was expected to be inked by Tuesday, as the team would have to pay more money to Sweden’s hockey federation if they were to sign him after.
Bartkowski’s contract allows the two sides to avoid arbitration, something for which the defenseman had filed.
“It’s always good if you can come to an agreement before the hearing,” general manager Peter Chiarelli said. “I think it sends a positive message to Matt that we want to have him back. It was going to be a contract anyways, because he elected arb, but I’m okay with that. It’s just good to get it done. It doesn’t mean you do it and your compromise or work around the edges, it’s to get a good result, and you try and do it in the best interest of the player also.”
Pastrnak signing means he will be in training camp in September. His three-year deal won’t begin until he turns pro, and can play up to nine games in the NHL this season without burning a year off the contract.
Chiarelli sang his praises following last week’s development camp, and the fact that he is a skilled right-shot wing — something the Bruins don’t currently have on their NHL roster — has led to speculation that he could make the team.
“He’ll get the experience of a training camp, and he’ll get some [preseason] games,” Chiarelli said Tuesday of Pastrnak. “He had a terrific development camp, and I know everyone’s talking about him. He’s a good young player, he’s just 18 years old and he’s a player ‘ it’s well-documented that we’re looking for skill and speed and he fits that bill, but let’s not put the cart before the horse with David. I think we’re fortunate to get him where we got him and he had a terrific camp, and we’ll see where it goes from there.”
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