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Bruins re-sign Bartkowski, sign top-pick Pastrnak

Tuesday, 07.15.2014 / 11:36 AM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Bruins re-sign Bartkowski, sign top-pick Pastrnak
Defenseman Matt Bartkowski avoided an arbitartio hearing with the Boston Bruins by signing a one-year, $1.25 million contract. The Bruins also have signed 2014 first-round pick David Pastrnak

Restricted free agent defenseman Matt Bartkowski and 2014 first-round draft pick David Pastrnak signed with the Boston Bruins on Tuesday.

Bartkowski, 26, signed a one-year, $1.25 million contract to avoid an arbitration hearing. He had 18 assists and a plus-22 rating in 64 games with the Bruins last season averaging 19:32 per game in ice time, fourth-most on the team. He had one assist and a plus-2 rating in eight Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Matt Bartkowski
Defense - BOS
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 18 | PTS: 18
SOG: 91 | +/-: 22
"When Dennis Seidenberg got hurt [Bartkowski] was able to come in and play some real solid minutes," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said. "He's the type of player that can really push the puck well. It's a tough position in the League, there's nuances he's still learning and I would expect him to continue to improve."

In parts of four NHL seasons, all with the Bruins, Bartkowski has 20 assists and a plus-19 rating in 84 games.

"I can work on the consistency," Bartkowski said. "If you can play every night, just being able to prove I could do it and hopefully make some more strides and be 100 percent consistent is the ultimate goal."

Boston has entry-level free agents Torey Krug and Reilly Smith, and restricted free agents Jordan Caron and Matt Fraser left unsigned.

Pastrnak, 18, signed an entry-level contract less than a month after the Bruins selected him with the 25th pick of the 2014 NHL Draft.

"He'll come to camp now and he'll get the experience of a training camp, get some [exhibition] games," Chiarelli said. "He had a terrific development camp. Everyone was talking about him. He's a good young player, just 18 years old. He's a player that … it's well-documented we're looking for skill and speed and he fits that bill but let's not put the cart before the horse. I think we were fortunate to get him where we got him. He had a terrific camp and we'll go from there."

Pastrnak had eight goals and 16 assists in 36 games with Sodertalje in Sweden's second division and played for his native Czech Republic in the 2014 IIHF World Under-18 Championship and the 2014 World Junior Championship. He had five points in seven games at the U-18 tournament to help the Czechs win the silver medal.

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