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Bruins’ Bartkowski calls trade rumors a ‘hindrance’

Jul 16, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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If you’re familiar with Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski it’s because you’ve either seen him in the playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens or you were paying attention to news of him re-signing with the team.

Two seasons ago he was nearly sent to the Calgary Flames in the Jarome Iginla trade that almost happened and his name seems to come up often as rumors fly about. As Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com shared, the 26-year-old is trying to not let the rumors get to him.

“I really don’t pay too much attention to it. There’s no real reason to. I think it’s only just a hindrance to worry about where you’re going to end up and all that,” said Bartkowski. “You just prepare for what you can, and the team you’re on. If something happens, it happens. It’s out of our hands, so like I said, there’s really no reason for me to worry about it. I just try to focus on my summer workouts and being as ready as I can for next season.”

Next season could be a big one for Bartkowski as he’ll have his work cut out for him to make the Bruins’ top-six on defense. Dennis Seidenberg will be set to return from an injury that kept him out most of last season. The same applies to Adam McQuaid as well. Fighting for time with Torey Krug and Dougie Hamilton as well as fighting off Kevan Miller will make the task all the more difficult.

With a crowded house like that, it’s possible the Bruins do move someone out. Bartkowski would like to make sure it’s not him that goes.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Your headline is misleading. All in all, it’s the hardest part about being a solid defender but not an irreplaceable part of the rotation with one or two too many pieces.

    Good luck Bart. Just keep playing and hopefully it all works out.

  2. Moop - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    I still think the Bruins should trade Bart; between Krug, Hamilton, and to a lesser extent Chara, they have plenty of capable offensively producing defensemen. Bartkowski is not a player I want as anything more than a sixth defenseman due to his defensive lapses. Unfortunately, the Bruins have two or three players in their system that also function perfectly in that sixth defenseman role. I think he’d flourish well on a team starved for defensemen or that needs a little offensive game on their back end. The Bruins simply don’t need him right now.

  3. tlndma - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    Bartkowski is the kind of player that entices you between the tops of the circles. In the end though you realize, you’re not getting as much offense as you thought and less defense than you hoped for.

  4. asox - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Bartkowski is a turnover machine.

  5. layinglow56 - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    The up and coming stars on defense that shined this year were (in order) Miller (a beast, exactly what a defenseman should be), Hamilton, Krug. They are the future core. I like McQuaid, plays nasty but gets hurt. Same with Boychuck. Chara is getting a little slow and not throwing that size around enough.

  6. rje49 - Jul 16, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    What I’ll remember most about Bartkowski is how he blew his coverage and allowed that quick first goal of game 7 vs. Montreal. Hard to get over that, as it quickly turned the tide of the game.

  7. bruinsrocku - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    I noticed once again the lack of even including Boychuck in the equation, in yet another article.. Really hope they can figure out a way to keep him.. Much as I think Bartman could still come into his own a little more, Boych is head & shoulders above… I’d even rather dump McQ over Boych, but doubt that’s happening with his recovery timing & contract.. We’ll see I guess..

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