The Bruins announced Tuesday that they have signed right wing David Pastrnak to an entry level contract. They also officially announced the signing of Matt Bartkowski to a one-year, $1.25 million deal.

Pastrnak, the team’s first-round pick (25th overall) in last month’s draft, was expected to be inked by Tuesday, as the team would have to pay more money to Sweden’s hockey federation if they were to sign him after.

Bartkowski’s contract allows the two sides to avoid arbitration, something for which the defenseman had filed. Pastrnak’s three-year deal won’t begin until he turns pro. He can play up to nine games in the NHL this season without burning a year off the contract.

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Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The Bruins have avoided arbitration with Matt Bartkowski by inking him to a one-year, $1.25 million deal, according to Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada. Bartkowski was the only Bruin to file for arbitration.

Matt Bartkowski

Matt Bartkowski

The Bruins have avoided arbitration with Matt Bartkowski by inking him to a one-year, $1.25 million deal, according to Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada. Bartkowski was the only Bruin to file for arbitration.

Bartkowski served as an extra defenseman for the Bruins last season before becoming a second-pairing blue-liner in place of the injured Dennis Seidenberg. With the Bruins currently possessing a surplus of defenseman, Bartkowski could either return as an extra defenseman or be traded in a deal to get the B’s some help on the wing.

With Bartkowski now signed, the Bruins have approximately $4.418 million dollars in salary cap space. The team still has multiple players left to sign, including restricted free agents Matt Fraser and Jordan Caron as well as entry level free agents Reilly Smith and Torey Krug.

Neither Smith nor Krug can negotiate with other teams, as their entry level deals have expired but they are not yet eligible for restricted free agency.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

Here’s a semi-far-fetched theory: What if the Bruins had next season in mind when they made their first-round pick last month?



Johnny Boychuk will be a free agent after next season. (AP)

Johnny Boychuk will be a free agent after next season. (AP)

During Peter Chiarelli‘€™s press conference to conclude development camp, he discussed the future of some of the team’€™s prospects and shared that the team has discussed moving Gregory Campbell to the wing to allow one of the team’€™s center prospects to reach the NHL.

He also discussed a lot of other things. Here are some of the other bits:

- Chiarelli said that the players who dealt with injuries late last season are all on schedule to be ready for training camp. That group includes Chris Kelly (back), Matt Fraser (foot) and Adam McQuaid (multiple injuries).

- It’€™s been a common occurrence in Chiarelli’€™s tenure as Bruins GM to not let his star players reach free agency, so it’€™s likely he’€™ll try to get new deals for David Krejci and Johnny Boychuk done before next summer if he intends to keep the players.

“€œI’€™m not going to go into details as to our negotiations,” Chiarelli said. ‘€œI can say that we will try and get guys done, I try and be proactive and we’€™re working on a couple things right now.”

- Chiarelli said he wasn’€™t surprised by the eight-year deals with annual $10.5 million cap hits that were given to Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

- Fraser’€™s shot alone is enough to make him a darkhorse candidate to replace Jarome Iginla on Boston’€™s first line next year. Asked about that being a possibility, Chiarelli noted the left-shooting Fraser’€™s experience on the right side.

“He’€™s played on the right side; he can really shoot it,” Chiarelli said. “We haven’€™t got him signed yet but we’€™ll get him signed shortly. He’€™s showed that he can play a two-way game and that you can put him up on that lineup because you end up getting all the matchups, right? So you have to have a responsible player up there. But you know, he’€™s a guy that we’€™re going to have a look at.”

- Some free agents remain unsigned, a group that includes right wing Lee Stempniak, a player with whom the Bruins have spoken. Cap space is tight, so while it’€™s no sure thing the Bruins will sign any free agent for their NHL roster, they’€™re still looking at them.

“There’€™s a list of guys that I’€™m looking at and there is also a list of guys internally,”€ Chiarelli said. “I like the competition, you’€™ve heard me talk about the competition. I think it really energizes the team and guys bubble up, they thrive in it. So I’€™m balancing the two things and there are a lot of our players available right now.”

- One of the three forward spots that are open for the Bruins won’€™t go to a fighter. The B’€™s have Bobby Robins and Tyler Randell in the AHL if they need them, but Chiarelli said he feels the Bruins already have team toughness.

“I believe it’€™s already there, I do,”€ he said. “€œAlso, we have a couple of candidates that played in Providence that surely could fit in if we need them. I really think it’€™s already there, I do, and you’€™re going to see Adam back, whoever’€™s playing D. We’€™ve got some tough guys there that can hold up their own, so I believe it’€™s already there.”€œ

- The Bruins have lots of assets that they could trade if they want to add a forward that way. Chiarelli said that for now, trade talks have slowed throughout the league.

“There’€™s stuff going on; it’€™s just not fast,”€ Chiarelli said. “€œThere’€™s parameters and deals talked about and it’€™s just kind of pushing it along slowly. There’€™s not urgency. It may happen that it happens on the eve of training camp or two days before, because the player has to get to that camp from where he is but, it’€™s slow. It’€™s slow.”

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

WILMINGTON — The Bruins completed their five-day development camp Sunday, with general manager Peter Chiarelli counting 2014 first-round pick David Pastrnak and 2013 second-round pick Linus Arnesson among the bright spots.

“I was pleased with Pastrnak,”€ Chiarelli said. “€œThere’€™s only been a couple players that have shown that at these camps over the years. He’€™s still got a little bit of a ways to go, but I’€™m very happy with Pastrnak.”

WILMINGTON — The Bruins learned this season that Carl Soderberg was too good at center to play out of position on the wing, so they moved their third-line center, Chris Kelly, to left wing and saw that trio with Loui Eriksson become a superb third line.

WILMINGTON — The Bruins learned this season that Carl Soderberg was too good at center to play out of position on the wing, so they moved their third-line center, Chris Kelly, to left wing and saw that trio with Loui Eriksson become a superb third line.

Now, with young Providence centers Ryan Spooner and Alexander Khokhlachev seemingly ready for the NHL, Gregory Campbell could be making the move to wing.

General manager Peter Chiarelli said Sunday that the team has discussed moving Campbell out of his natural center position to allow one of the young centers to play in the NHL.

The team has been hesitant to move Spooner or Khokhlachev to the wing because they feel the players are better suited for the middle.

“œWhen you move someone to the wing it’€™s the board work, and that’€™s what’€™s really tough,” Chiarelli said. ‘€œIt’€™s almost like pick your poison a little bit with the young guys, but those two players both have really good sticks and they’€™re smart, so body position and timing, getting pucks out of the boards, that’€™s the trickiest part when you move from center to wing, and then standing start.”

Campbell is tougher than both Spooner and Khokhlachev, so he’s more of a sure thing to be able to handle the board work and required battling that comes with playing on the wing.

Such a move would certainly be very Bruins of the Bruins. Claude Julien loves having multiple centers on a line, as it gives him multiple players who can effectively take draws and give the Bruins possession. It’s part of the reason Rich Peverley, a center who was used primarily at wing in his Bruins career, was such a valuable asset in his Boston days.

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Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

WILMINGTON ‘€” The Bruins completed their five-day development camp Sunday, with general manager Peter Chiarelli counting 2014 first-round pick David Pastrnak and 2013 second-round pick Linus Arnesson among the bright spots.

‘€œI was pleased with Pastrnak,’€ Chiarelli said. ‘€œThere’€™s only been a couple players that have shown that at these camps over the years. He’€™s still got a little bit of a ways to go, but I’€™m very happy with Pastrnak.’€

Pastrnak is a right-shot right wing, which the Bruins currently don’€™t have on their roster. Asked whether he felt Pastrnak could be a longshot candidate to make the Bruins’€™ roster, Chiarelli noted that Pastrnak still needs to fill out physically, but didn’€™t rule it out.

‘€œYou never know,’€ Chiarelli. ‘€œI don’€™t want to place too much of a burden on this kid’€™s shoulders, but he was good. The hesitation that you have is that he’€™s 170, 173 pounds. He’€™s wiry strong, but you never know. Speed, skill, sense is all there. It would be nice, but we’€™ll see.

‘€œHe’€™s young. To throw someone [in] at that age, at that weight, but there’€™s been guys that have done it.’€

As for Arnesson, Chiarelli clarified that the Swedish defenseman will not turn pro this year. Due to transfer rules, Arnesson would be ineligible to play in the AHL this season if he went pro (only the NHL), so he will play in Sweden next season. It is in his contract that he will attend Bruins’€™ camp and then go back to his Swedish club.

Under the Swedish transfer agreement, Pastrnak, who is Czech but plays in Sweden, can be signed by July 15 in order to attend camp without the Bruins having to pay more money to the federation.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

It’s been a while since the Bruins had three forward spots in their lineup up for grabs. The offseason is far from over and those spots may be filled one way or another, but if cap limitations require them to be filled internally, the B’s have enough candidates to create a wide-open competition.