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Matt Bartkowski happy Jarome Iginla trade fell through 03.29.13 at 2:37 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — He was signed to a contract extension so he could be traded, then he was scratched because he was traded, then he wasn’t traded and now he’s practicing and going to work every day with the Bruins, even though he still might be traded. He’s Matt Bartkowski, ladies and gentlemen.

Bartkowski, who was signed to a one-year, one-way extension Wednesday worth $650,000, was one third of the package that the Bruins agreed to ship to Calgary for Jarome Iginla, with Alexander Khokhlachev and a first-round pick also included in the deal. When Flames general manager Jay Feaster told B’s GM Peter Chiarelli that the deal was done, both sides agreed to scratch all players involved in the deal for that night’s games.

Bartkowski, who had played the previous two games in place of the injured Johnny Boychuk, saw the B’s recall another defenseman (Torey Krug) to play in his place Wednesday against the Canadiens, and was left to wonder what was happening. During the game, reports of the package headed to Calgary surfaced.

“Throughout the game, I started hearing rumors and stuff like that,” Bartkowski said. “It was a little unsettling.”

The trade obviously didn’t go down, so Bartkowski found himself in the odd position of being on a team that he knows tried to trade him. The trade deadline has still yet to pass and the Bruins obviously have moves to make, so there’s still a good chance that Bartkowski could be moved. The time between now and Wednesday’s deadline (or a trade; whichever comes first) might be awkward or nerve-wracking, but the 24-year-old defenseman is trying to keep it out of his mind.

“It’s not something that I can control, so I try not to worry about it or pay attention to it,” he said.

In fact, as strange as all of this has been, Bartkowski says he’s glad with the end (so far) result. While Bruins players should feel slighted that Iginla chose the Penguins over them, at least one Bruin was relieved when it all fell apart.

“I’m happy that it didn’t go through,” Bartkowski said. “I like it here, I like being here and I’m excited about being here.”

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Bruins give Matt Bartkowski 1-year extension 03.26.13 at 12:08 pm ET
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The Bruins announced Tuesday that they have signed defenseman Matt Bartkowski to a one-year contract extension through next season and signed Minnesota-Duluth defenseman Chris Casto to an entry level contract.

Bartkowski’s deal is a one-way contract worth $650,000. The 24-year-old has skated in the Bruins’ last two games, totaling no points and a minus-2 rating.

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Johnny Boychuk out, Rich Peverley back in Bruins lineup vs. Maple Leafs 03.23.13 at 7:13 pm ET
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Johnny Boychuk will miss Saturday’s game against the Maple Leafs, with Matt Bartkowski making his season debut in Boychuk’s place. Boychuk suffered a leg injury in Friday’s practice, causing the B’s to recall Bartkowski from Providence.

Rich Peverley, who was a healthy scratch Thursday against the Senators, is back in the lineup. Claude Julien is keeping Ryan Spooner in the lineup, with Jordan Caron a healthy scratch against the Leafs. Spooner will center Peverley and Jay Pandolfo.

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.

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Bruins recall Matt Bartkowski on emergency basis 03.22.13 at 5:03 pm ET
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The Bruins recalled defenseman Matt Bartkowski on an emergency basis Friday, the same day that defenseman Johnny Boychuk left practice with a right leg injury.

Bartkowski will be available for Saturday’s game against the Maple Leafs. The 24-year-old has three goals and 21 assists for 24 points in 56 games this season.

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.

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Ryan Spooner, Matt Bartkowski among Bruins camp cuts 01.17.13 at 9:59 pm ET
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The Bruins cut down the number or players in camp Thursday night, announcing four player moves. Defenseman Matt Bartkowski and forward Ryan Spooner were assigned to Providence, forward Jamie Tardiff was waived with for the purpose of assignment to Providence and defenseman Aaron Johnson was sent to Providence on a conditioning loan.

The transactions leave forwards Chris Bourque and Lane MacDermid as well as defenseman David Warsofsky as the Providence players still in camp. Bourque is expected to begin the season on Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley’s line, with MacDermid and Jay Pandolfo left to battle for the extra forward spot. Pandolfo is in camp on a tryout.

The Bruins could recall Johnson from his conditioning stint. Should he remain in Providence, Warsofsky will begin the season as the team’s seventh defenseman.

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.

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Bruins send Matt Bartkowski down, meaning they’ve received good news 10.20.11 at 10:27 am ET
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The Bruins announced Thursday morning that they have sent defenseman Matt Bartkowski to Providence, indicating that either Steven Kampfer or Adam McQuaid is healthy and ready to return to the lineup against the Maple Leafs.

Bartkowski had a rough go of it in a season in which he likely wouldn’t have made the team if not for Kampfer’s left knee injury. In three games, Bartkowski was a minus-2. He averaged 6:08 of ice time.

Kampfer, who dealt with a right knee injury late last season and into the playoffs, sprained his left knee in a Sept. 29 preseason game against the Senators, but recently returned to practice and on Wednesday took contact for the first time. McQuaid, who injured his neck last Wednesday, was considered a game-time decision for Tuesday’s game against Carolina, but has not been seen on the ice since that day’s morning skate, seemingly due to a setback.

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Report: Adam McQuaid to miss season-opener 10.06.11 at 6:10 pm ET
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According to a tweet from the Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa, defenseman Adam McQuaid (illness) will not play in the Bruins’ season-opener Thursday against the Flyers. Matt Bartkowski, who was set to begin the season as the team’s seventh defenseman, will reportedly play in McQuaid’s place.

McQuaid participated in Thursday’s morning skate, but coach Claude Julien said after the skate that a decision on his status would be made closer to game time.

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