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Matt Bartkowski signs with Flames

Defenseman gets two-year, two-way contract after spending season in minors @NHLdotcom

Defenseman Matt Bartkowski signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Calgary Flames on Thursday.

Financial terms were not announced.

Bartkowski, 28, had two goals and 10 points in 34 games with Providence, the Boston Bruins' American Hockey League affiliate. He had joined the Flames on a professional tryout Wednesday.

"At first it was [tough] not being in the NHL [this season]," Bartkowski told the Flames website Wednesday. "But you've got to know where you are. I was in the AHL, playing hockey and it was out of my hands, where can I sign, this and that, outside of my play. So I just had to focus on where I was, play my game and hopefully something will happen. Sure enough, it did."

Bartkowski had 18 points in 80 games last season with the Vancouver Canucks, where he played for Flames coach Glen Gulutzan, who was an assistant.

In 211 NHL games with the Boston Bruins and Canucks, he has six goals and 42 points.

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