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Bruins Avoid Arbitration With Defenseman Matt Bartkowski

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The Bruins have reportedly re-signed defenseman Matt Bartkowski to a one-year, $1.25 million deal, avoiding a July 30 arbitration date.

CBC’s Elliotte Friedman first reported the deal on Monday.

Bartkowski was one of 20 NHL players who filed for salary arbitration earlier this month after making $650,000 during the 2013-14 season. He played in 64 games for the Bruins in his first full season in the league, tallying 18 of his 20 career assists. He was drafted by the Florida Panthers in the seventh round of the 2008 NHL Draft, and came to the Bruins in the deal that landed Dennis Seidenberg in 2010.

He was to be packaged in the 2013 deadline deal (along with Alex Khokhlachev and a first round pick) that would have brought Calgary's Jarome Iginla to Boston months before he signed with the team as a free agent. Of course, Iginla nixed the deal and the Flames wound up dealing him to Pittsburgh instead.

The six-foot-one Bartkowski turned 26 last month.

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