BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, January 17, the following roster transactions: defenseman Matt Bartkowski and forward Ryan Spooner have been assigned to the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League), forward Jamie Tardif has been placed on waivers for purpose of assignment to Providence, and defenseman Aaron Johnson will join Providence on a conditioning loan.
Bartkowski, a 6’1,” 196-pound defenseman from Pittsburgh, PA, is in his third season with the Providence Bruins, after being signed by the Bruins to a one-year, two-way contract through the 2012-13 season on July 12, 2012. Before joining the Bruins for Training Camp, Bartkowski had recorded two goals and seven assists in 30 games for Providence this season. In 2011-12, he finished third among P-Bruins defensemen with 22 points, after beginning the season with Boston and appearing in three NHL games. For his AHL career, Bartkowski has played in 149 games with Providence, registering 10-44=54 totals and 119 penalty minutes. He has skated in nine NHL games with Boston, posting four penalty minutes. Bartkowski was drafted by the Florida Panthers in 2008 (7th round, 190th overall) and was acquired by Boston with Dennis Seidenberg in exchange for Byron Bitz, Craig Weller and Tampa Bay’s 2012 second-round pick (Alexander Petrovic) on March 3, 2012.
The 5’10,” 180-pound Spooner is in his first full season with the Providence Bruins and recently participated in his first Boston Bruins Training Camp. The Kanata, Ontario native has skated in 26 games with Providence this season, registering seven goals and 13 assists for 20 points, along with six penalty minutes. The 20-year-old is tied for second in plus-minus for the P-Bruins with a plus-five rating and is ranked third in points. He joined the Bruins’ AHL affiliate at the conclusion of his 2011-12 junior season with the Ontario Hockey League’s Sarnia Sting, recording 1-3=4 totals in five games. Through four OHL seasons with the Sting, Kingston Frontenacs and Peterborough Petes, Spooner notched 113-146=259 totals in 230 games, including 33 power-play goals. He was selected by Boston in the second round (45th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, and signed to a three-year entry-level contract on July 20, 2011.
Tardif, a 6’0,” 205-pound forward from Welland, Ontario, is in his second season with the Bruins organization. Prior to the Boston Bruins Training Camp, the right wing had skated in 32 games for the Providence Bruins this season, compiling 16 goals and seven assists for 23 points, along with 27 penalty minutes. Tardif currently leads all P-Bruins skaters in goals and is tied for sixth in the AHL. He is ranked second in points on the Providence roster behind Chris Bourque (28). In 2011-12, Tardif posted 15-15=30 totals with the P-Bruins. Prior to joining Providence, the AHL veteran spent five years in the Detroit Red Wings’ system from 2006-11 with the Grand Rapids Griffins. For his AHL career, Tardif has recorded 109-98=207 totals in 408 games. Drafted by Calgary in the fourth round (112th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Tardif was signed by Boston as an unrestricted free agent to a two-year contract on July 5, 2011.
Johnson was signed by Boston to a one-year, two-way contract through the 2012-13 season on July 18, 2012. The 6’1,” 204-pound defenseman skated in 56 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2011-12, registering three goals and setting NHL career highs with 13 assists and 16 points, while collecting 26 penalty minutes. For his career, Johnson has played in 281 NHL games with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks and New York Islanders, tallying 17 goals and 45 assists for 62 total points, with 217 penalty minutes. The Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia native was selected by Columbus in the third round (85th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.