Tampa Signs Free Agent Defenseman Bergeron

Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced the signing of five-foot, nine-inch, 198 pound defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron this afternoon to a one year, two-way contract.

The 30-year-old native of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec last played for the Montreal Canadiens the last season.  In 399 career NHL games over the course of seven years in the NHL, Bergeron has scored 75 goals and picked up 194 points.  He played for the Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Anaheim Ducks, and Minnesota Wild before joining Les Habitants for the 2009-10 campaign.  Bergeron has scored 27 goals in 132 contests over the past two seasons.

A power play specialist with a high level of offensive abilities and a cannon slap shot, 43 of Bergeron’s goals and 107 of his points have come with the man advantage.  Bergeron will give the Lightning a formidable left-handed compliment to right-handed shooting Pavel Kubina on the point on the Bolts’ power play.

Bergeron joins a defense corps that has notched just 12 goals this season, with seven of those coming from Brett Clark.

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Topics: Marc-Andre Bergeron, Pavel Kubina, Steve Yzerman, Tampa Bay Lightning

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