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Calgary Flames Sign Matt Bartkowski to PTO

Is defensive help on the way?

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The Flames made a small move today in signing defenceman Matt Bartkowski to a PTO (Pro-Tryout Offer). Bartkowski is 28 years old and a Pittsburgh native. If you’re wondering why you kind of recognize the name, he was a piece of the Bruins package that they offered for Jarome Iginla in the trade that never came to fruition.

Bartkowski most recently played in the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks last season, racking up 6 goals and 12 assists in 80 games. The only other NHL team he’s been on is the Bruins. For his career he has 211 games played where he has 6 goals and 36 assists.

This season he had a tryout with the Ottawa Senators but was cut after the preseason and ended up with the Providence Bruins (AHL) where he’s played 34 games.

Bartkowski will be joining the Flames today and will be in practices until a decision is made.

Whether or not the Flames choose to sign him remains to be seen, but it signifies that there is some change happening in Calgary and it’s time to gear up for these next two weeks heading towards the trade deadline.