Bartkowski will not be re-signed by Vancouver general manager Jim Benning told reports Thursday. Bartkowski was an ironman for the Canucks during the 2015-16 campaign as he appeared in 80 contests. Despite suiting up for almost every game, the Pittsburgh-native averaged only 18:37 in ice time per night as was appearing as an infrequent member of either special teams units. Given his limited production, a mere six goals and 12 helpers, it is not surprising that Vancouver is deciding to go a different route on defense. Yet, fantasy owners can likely expect the 28-year-old to get signed by somebody as there is a general lack of experienced blue line depth in the league right now.
Bartkowski had two assists in 19:12 of ice time in Saturday's win over the Oilers. Bartkowski finished the season strong, notching a goal and three points in his last three games. The 27-year-old matched a career high with 18 points in his first year with the Canucks. While Bartkowski doesn't play on the power play, his six goals and 50 PIM made him valuable in some deeper leagues this season.
Bartkowski (illness) will play Tuesday against the Islanders. Bartkowski was a late scratch for Sunday's game against San Jose, which lead some to believe the former seventh-round pick was headed to another team as part of a trade. In reality, the 27-year-old blueliner was simply unavailable Sunday due to an illness. Fantasy owners likely don't need to concern themselves with Bartkowski's status either way, as he's tallied just 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) with a minus-15 rating over 59 games this season.
Bartkowski is a late scratch for Sunday's game against the Sharks. Bartkowski is being scratched for undisclosed reasons, but there is a chance that the Canucks are holding him back in lieu of a possible trade. Yannick Weber will fill his slot in the lineup. Bartkowski's next chance to play will be Tuesday against the Islanders.
Bartkowski recorded his 4th and 5th goals of the season, an assist and a plus-2 rating in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Senators. Bartkowski certainly hasn't been having the most productive season, but he has been having a career season by his standards. He's set a career high in goals, as he'd never scored a goal prior to this season, and his 14 points is just four shy from tying his career high there. Still, the 27-year-old is only worth a look in the absolute deepest of formats.
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