BOSTON (CBS) — The Boston Bruins and defenseman Matt Bartkowski have avoided arbitration, with the two sides reportedly agreeing to a deal on Monday.

According to CBC’s Elliotte Friedman, the Bruins and Bartkowski agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.25 million for the upcoming season.

The two sides originally had an arbitration hearing scheduled for the end of July, but it will no longer be necessary.

Bartkowski, who turned 26 years old, was a restricted free agent this offseason. His salary will now nearly double his $650,000 income from last season.

The defenseman played in 64 games without scoring a goal while recording 18 assists and posting a plus-22 rating. He had one assist and a plus-2 rating in eight playoff games.

Though he scored in the 2013 playoffs, he still has yet to score in his 82 career regular-season games.



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