As all of us Bostonians know, Jarome Iginla was not sent to the Bruins at the trade nhl_u_bartkowski_gb4_600deadline.

Like most Bruins fans, March 28th was the dreaded day when we thought Iginla was traded for Alexander Khokhlachev, a russian prospect, and some “no name defenseman” who goes by the name of Matt Bartkowski.

So the question on everyones mind is…

Did the trade work in our favor? And is it destiny we are playing the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals to go to the Stanley cup?

The Boston Bruins have been plagued this postseason with injuries to some key parts of the defensive core. Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference, and Wade Redden all went down with injuries this postseason. So Chiarelli did what any General Manager would do, gave the little B’s down in Providence a call.

This could be the call the brings Lord Stanley back to Boston…

Welcome Tory Krug and that “No name 7th rounder” Matt Bartkowski. While Krug has been getting a majority of the credit for his offensive support with 4 goals in his first 5 playoff games, Bartkowski has slipped under the radar.

In the Bruins most recent series against the New York Rangers Bartkowski averaged an outstanding 21 minutes per game. Absoultey unheard of for a rookie playing in his first postseason of his career. Bartkowski also started the scoring in Game 7 against Toronto. With huge goal from the blue line. Bartkowski has clearly shown this postseason he can play with the big boys.

Now this “No Name” defenseman has made a name for himself, a name that the Boston Faithful should be glad to hear instead of that guy who was traded from calgary to Pittsburgh….whats his name again?

It was destiny that Jarome Iginla decided to choose Pittsburgh over Boston.

Did I mention Bartkowski is from Pittsburgh?


By-Mike Grinnell