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Sean Bergenheim Signs With Lightning

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent left wing Sean Bergenheim to a one-year contract today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

“We are happy to add Sean to the Lightning roster today,” Yzerman said. “He is a competitive left winger who is also a solid two-way player.  We believe he is a good addition to our team.”

Bergenheim, 5-foot-10, 205 pounds, has registered 40 goals, 80 points and 195 penalty minutes in 246 career NHL games, all with the New York Islanders. He has reached double digits in goals and points in each of the last three seasons. In 2009-10, Bergenheim led the Islanders in game-winning goals with two and tied for eighth on the team with 133 shots on goal. His best offensive season came in 2008-09 when he recorded career-highs in goals with 15, the team’s third-highest total, and points with 24. He also ranked first on the Islanders in shorthanded goals with four and game-winning goals with five.

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SYF's avatar

So what happens to Downie?  Nothing?  He’s still unsigned and Yzerman has said that signing Downie is a big priority.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 08/17/10 at 07:54 PM ET

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Don’t like this signing.  First head-scratcher to me that Yzerman’s made.

The guy could barely stay relevant and valuable on an Isles team bereft of pretty much everything.  Not sure how he can fit in to Tampa’s plans.

Posted by Primis on 08/17/10 at 11:37 PM ET

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The guy could barely stay relevant and valuable on an Isles team bereft of pretty much everything.

Sometimes all one needs in a change of scenery.  See: Drew Miller.  Patrick Eaves.  Dan Cleary.

Posted by Garth on 08/18/10 at 12:03 AM ET

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Posted by Primis on 08/17/10 at 09:37 PM ET

I think it’s important to look at the roster situation in TBay right now.  They’ve got 8 forwards on one way deals, they still have to sign a few more forwards (including Downie) on top of this.

This guy will contribute on the 3rd or 4th line; he’s 26 and he’s got three years of NHL experience already under his belt.  Seems like a logical signing to me, in particular given that it is a one year deal and he’s not being asked to be a gamebreaker.

Posted by Leo_Racicot on 08/18/10 at 11:56 AM ET

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Bergenheim was the one player that the Islanders didn’t retain that surprised many Islander fans the most. He is in need of a change in scenery more than anything and it was more likely a cost move than a performance move on the Islanders part. He lost a year of development due to a contract dispute and could never find a proper role or consistency. I think Yzerman has found an excellent piece and shows he is performing due dligence at all levels, not just scouting roster depth charts or looking at statistics.  I think this is the year that Bergenheim finally pulls it all together and Tamp benefits from the Islanders having developed him.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 08/18/10 at 12:13 PM ET

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