Originally posted on BruinsLife  |  Last updated 1/18/13

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26: Ryan Spooner, drafted in the second round by the Boston Bruins poses for a portrait during day two of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 26, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Last night the Boston Bruins whittled down their roster by assigning defenseman Matt Bartkowski, forward Ryan Spooner, and defenseman Aaron Johnson to Providence. Right winger Jamie Tardif was placed on waivers with the intention of signing him to the minor league team. The cuts come as Boston is making final preparations for what will surely be a chest clutching season-opener against the New York Rangers on Saturday night. Bartkowski, who has 9 points so far this season with the Providence Bruins, has been given a few chances to grab a spot in the big league but has yet catch Boston's eye with three years under his belt in the Bruins system. With managements sights set square on Dougie Hamilton to fill any defensive holes that may occur during this shortened season, Bartkowski will have to polish his game and start grinding a little harder if he wants to avoid being condemned to minor league pay grade for the rest of his Bruins career. Good call by management. I really don't th...
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