Up for a new contract as a restricted free agent, Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski has elected to go through Salary Arbitration.
The NHLPA released a list on Saturday of 20 players that have chosen to take that route in negotiating new contracts with their respected teams. Bartkowski is the only Bruins player that appears on the list.
Bartkowski signed a one-year, one-way contract for the 2013-14 season that paid him $650,000, the first one-way deal of his four-year pro career in the Bruins organization. He was originally drafted by the Florida Panthers in the seventh round of the 2008 NHL Draft; he came to the Bruins in 2010 in a deal with the Panthers that also brought Dennis Seidenberg to the Boston.
Bartkowski played 64 games for the Bruins in the 2013-14 regular season, scoring no goals and tallying 18 assists. He has totaled no goals and 20 assists in 84 career NHL regular season games, though he does have one goal and two assists in 15 NHL playoff games.
Hearings between teams and players that have filed for arbitration will be held in Toronto from July 20- Aug. 4. Teams and players are allowed to continue to negotiate up until the date of their scheduled hearing.