MINNESOTA WILD RE-SIGNS DEFENSEMAN MATT BARTKOWSKIOct 8, 2020
SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed defenseman Matt Bartkowski to a one-year, two-way contract ($700,000/$325,00) for the 2020-21 season.
Bartkowski, 32 (6/4/88), recorded 18 points (2-16=18), 55 penalty minutes (PIM), one shorthanded goal (SHG), 98 shots and a plus-3 rating in 55 games last season with the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL). The 6-foot-1, 198-pound native of Pittsburgh, Penn., ranked third amongst team defensemen in scoring and T-5th on the team in PIM. He netted his first career SHG on Nov. 19 vs. Milwaukee and tied his career-best six shots on Nov. 24 vs. Bakersfield. The left-shot defenseman made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut with Minnesota on Aug. 7 vs. Vancouver and tallied two shots and three hits.
Bartkowski owns 116 points (19-97=116), 266 PIM, three PPG, one SHG, two GWG and 588 shots in 334 career AHL games in six seasons with Providence and Iowa (2010-20). He owns seven points (1-6=7), 14 PIM, 30 shots and a plus-10 rating in 16 career Calder Cup Playoff games with Providence and Iowa. The blueliner netted his first career playoff goal during the 2019 postseason with Iowa.
Bartkowski has 48 points (8-40=48), 157 PIM, 293 shots, 482 hits and 155 blocked shots in 255 career games in 10 NHL seasons with Boston, Vancouver, Calgary and Minnesota (2010-19). He has skated in 20 career Stanley Cup Playoff contests with Boston, Calgary and Minnesota (2012-20) and owns three points (1-2=3), 60 hits and 16 blocked shots.
He signed as a free agent with Minnesota on July 1, 2018 and became the 25th player, fourth defenseman, in franchise history to score a goal in his Wild debut on Dec. 29, 2019 at Winnipeg.
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