Matt Bartkowski signs with Canucks

Former Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski has signed a one-year, $1.8 million deal with the Vancouver Canucks, the team announced Wednesday.

The 27-year-old blueliner played 131 career games with the Bruins, posting 24 assists and 77 penalty minutes. Often a healthy scratch in Boston, Bartkowski broke into the lineup mostly when other defenders were injured.

Bartkowski does have the ability to carry the puck out of the defensive end, but he struggled in most other aspects of the game for the Bruins.