The NHL Players’€™ Association has announced the 20 players that have elected salary arbitration. Among them is Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski, who was the only Bruin to file.

Matt Bartkowski

Matt Bartkowski

The NHL Players’€™ Association has announced the 20 players that have elected salary arbitration. Among them is Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski, who was the only Bruin to file.

Bartkowski, who is a restricted free agent, can still reach a new agreement with the Bruins leading up until hearings are held from July 20 to Aug. 14. If a deal isn’€™t struck by then, a hearing will be held with an independent arbitrator, who will then determine the amount of money the player will be paid by the team.

Should Bartkowski be deemed worth more than $3,500,000 by the arbitrator (which is very unlikely), the Bruins would have the option of walking away and letting Bartkowski sign elsewhere as an unrestricted free agent.

The 2013-14 season marked Bartkowski’€™s first full season in the NHL. He skated in 64 regular season games and eight playoff games, contributing 18 points (all assists) in the regular season and one assist in the postseason. Bartkowski, who scored in Game 7 against the Maple Leafs two seasons ago, has yet to score a regular-season goal in 84 games in the NHL thus far.

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DJ Bean

The Bruins announced their roster for their development camp Thursday. The camp will take place from July 9 to July 13 at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington.

Among the players set to attend the development camp are recent draft picks David Pastrnak and Ryan Donato, as well as 2012 first-rounder Malcolm Subban.

The roster is as follows:

Malcolm Subban

Malcolm Subban

The Bruins announced their roster for their development camp Thursday. The camp will take place from July 9 to July 13 at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington.

Among the players set to attend the development camp are recent draft picks David Pastrnak and Ryan Donato, as well as 2012 first-rounder Malcolm Subban.

The roster is as follows:

Forwards: Cole Bardreau, Kyle Baun, Anders Bjork, Anton Blidh, Peter Cehlarik, Mitchell Dempsey, Michael Doherty, Ryan Donato, Ryan Fitzgerald, Alex Globke, Colton Hargrove, Simon Norberg, David Pastrnak.

Defensemen: Linus Arnesson, Matt Benning, Matt Grzelcyk, Emil Johansson, Rob O’€™ Gara, Wiley Sherman, Billy Sweezey, Oleg Yevenko.

Goaltenders: Zane Gothberg, Malcolm Subban.

Of the players attending, Bardreau, Baun, Doherty, Globke, Norberg, Sweezy and Yevenko will attend the camp on an invite basis.

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The Bruins signed goaltender Jeremy Smith to a one-year, two-way contract Wednesday. The contract is worth $80,000 at the AHL level and $550,000 at the NHL level.

The signing comes a day after general manager Peter Chiarelli said that Niklas Svedberg, who was signed to a one-year, $600,000 deal last week, was not guaranteed the backup job behind Tuukka Rask.

The Bruins signed goaltender Jeremy Smith to a one-year, two-way contract Wednesday. The contract is worth $80,000 at the AHL level and $550,000 at the NHL level.

The signing comes a day after general manager Peter Chiarelli said that Niklas Svedberg, who was signed to a one-year, $600,000 deal last week, was not guaranteed the backup job behind Tuukka Rask.

“I think he’€™s almost ready, if not ready,”€ Chiarelli said Tuesday. “€œIt doesn’€™t mean he gets the job; it doesn’€™t mean we won’€™t add somebody at some point to challenge him.”

With all due respect to Smith, it would be a surprise if he were to beat Svedberg out for the backup job. Instead, it’€™s more likely that Smith will take Svedberg’€™s job on the Providence roster, sharing AHL goaltending duties with 2012 first-round pick Malcolm Subban.

The 25-year-old Smith was drafted by the Predators in the second round of the 2007 draft. He has never played an NHL game, as he has spent the first season of his professional career in the ECHL before playing the last four seasons in the AHL. The brunt of his AHL experience to this point has been with the Milwaukee Admirals, though he played for the Springfield Falcons last season as a member of the Columbus organization.

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Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.

After sending qualifying offers to all of the team’€™s remaining restricted free agents before Monday’€™s deadline, Peter Chiarelli said Tuesday that one may not have a future with the team.

Jordan Caron

Jordan Caron

After sending qualifying offers to all of the team’€™s remaining restricted free agents before Monday’€™s deadline, Peter Chiarelli said Tuesday that one may not have a future with the team.

Jordan Caron, who has been a depth player for Boston over his professional career, may be best served by an opportunity to play elsewhere. The Bruins have a number of young wingers competing for jobs, and Caron deserves regular ice time in the NHL. As such, the Bruins are exploring trades for the 23-year-old.

‘€œI think he can be a full time player,’€ Chiarelli said of Caron. ‘€œ’€¦ It may be that it is time for him to get a chance with another team, so I do believe he can be a full-time player.

‘€œI’€™ve talked to a few teams about him and Jordan wants to stay in Boston, but he would welcome another opportunity also, so I will continue to explore those.’€

Chiarelli’s words echo Caron’s from breakup day in May, when he said that he wants to stay with the Bruins, but that he also wants to play.

The 25th overall pick in the 2009 draft, Caron is a responsible winger, but his lack of offensive contributions have limited him to being an extra forward. In 123 career NHL games, Caron has 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points.

Caron dressed in seven games this postseason, scoring in Game 3 of the first round against the Red Wings.

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Jarome Iginla scored 30 goals for the Bruins. (AP)At the end of the day, Peter Chiarelli determined that Jarome Iginla wasn’t worth the roster shakeup it would have taken to sign him.