Tampa Bay Lightning Re-Sign Defenseman Mark Barberio

Lighting Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced yesterday that the Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed Defenseman Mark Barberio to a one-year, two-way contract.

Apr 11, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mark Barberio (8) against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Barberio played 73 games with the Syracuse Crunch last season. In that time, he netted 8 goals and 34 assists for a total of 42 points.

The 23 year old Quebec native was tied for 3rd in the American Hockey League among defensemen in assists. He also ranked 6th in the league in points amongst defensemen during the regular season.

During the Calder Cup Playoffs, Barberio scored 3 goals and 12 assists, adding another 15 points to his season totals. Numbers like these are the reason that Barberio led the AHL among defensemen in points, and was tied for second in the league in assists.

The 6’1” 210 pound defenseman is solid on the power play, which after last season is something that the Lightning could really use some work on during the off-season. Of Barberio’s 8 goals last season, 5 of those found the back of the net on the Power Play.

Barberio played in two games with the Lightning last season where he recorded a shot on goal.

He has championship experience, as he was a member of the 2012 Norfolk Admirals who won the Calder Cup in a 4-0 series against the Toronto Marlies.

While the spots on the main roster are just about filled up, Barberio is a name that I would not mind seeing on the ice at the Tampa Bay Times Forum next season. Even if it is not on a permanent basis, Barberio would make a great substitute in the event of an injury.

Mark Barberio was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 6th Round (152nd overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

What do you think of Yzerman’s decision to re-up the Crunch defenseman? Where do you think he would fit best within the Lightning system? Sound off in the comments below and let us know what you think.

 

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Topics: Mark Barberio, Syracuse Crunch, Tampa Bay Lightning

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