Bartkowski

As if the Bruins weren’t having enough problems, now they might add yet another rookie to their defense corps for their match-up with Pittsburgh Monday night.

The Bruins tonight recalled blueliner Matt Bartkowski on an emergency basis from Providence (AHL). Today in Pittsburgh, Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid was granted a “maintenance day” and did not practice. He played less than five minutes in Montreal last night. It’s safe to assume that in the cloak-and-dagger world of the NHL, McQuaid suffered some sort of injury (possibly in his fight with Travis Moen).

So with first-year pro Steven Kampfer already in their top six, the Bruins might now replace the rookie McQuaid with Bartkowski, who coincidentally enough is a native of Pittsburgh.

Although he has yet to make his NHL debut, Bartkowski went on the Bruins’ season-opening road trip to Europe. With Providence, he has endured an up-and-down first pro season. For the season, he has posted 12 points (four goals) and a minus-7 rating in 34 games.