Bartkowski signed a professional tryout agreement with Pittsburgh on Friday. Bartkowski has appeared in just three NHL contests over the last three seasons but has suited up in 256 games since the start of the 2010-11 campaign. The veteran blueliner will have a chance to compete for a bottom-pair or seventh defenseman role during training camp.
Bartkowski was reassigned to AHL Iowa on Monday. Bartkowski has appeared in just one game for the Wild this season in which he recorded two shots, one hit and one block while playing 13:02. Even if brought back up from the minors down the stretch, Bartkowski will be hard-pressed to break into the lineup, making him a low-end fantasy option.
The Wild have reassigned Bartkowski to the taxi squad Thursday. Bartkowski filled in during Tuesday's game against the Kings with a few players place in the COVID-19 protocol, earning 13:02 of ice time along with two shots. It's likely that the 32-year-old will spend a majority of the rest of the season on the taxi squad.
Bartkowski was promoted from the taxi squad Saturday. The Wild aren't scheduled to play again until Feb. 16, but that target date is still uncertain. Once the team returns to action, Bartkowski could be in the fold. The 32-year-old hasn't played an NHL game since the 2018-19 campaign.
Bartkowski put pen to paper on a one-year, two-way contract with the Wild on Thursday. Bartkowski played just one game for Minnesota this season, logging 9:59 of ice time in the team's final playoff contest. With AHL Iowa, the 32-year-old blueliner tallied two goals and 16 helpers in 55 outings. The veteran figures to continue playing primarily in the minors in a leadership role, though he could get the occasional promotion to the big club.
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