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RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Adam Hall and a seventh-round pick in the 2013 Draft.
“Marc-Andre is a skilled, veteran defenseman who has made a good career out of helping teams on the power play,” said Rutherford.
Let’s not make too much of Dwayne Roloson’s 34-save, shutout debut for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Or, maybe, come to think of it, let’s…
It was but one game but what a big game it was.
To best the division rival Washington Capitals like that, with first place at stake in a 1-0 overtime finish, with both teams playing at a feverish pace all the while and the opposing goaltender standing on his head as well… Well, that’s one hell of a debut.
But, really, what you saw on Tuesday night is what Roloson brings to the table consistently. No, not a spectacular shutout performance each night (wouldn’t that be nice?) but a workman-like approach, a battle mentality and a proven track record of giving the team in front of him a chance to win on a nightly basis. Last night, Semyon Varlamov keeping the Bolts off the scoreboard for almost 63 minutes meant Roloson had to completely shut down the formidable Capitals attack and he was up to the task. On some nights, it will mean keeping the opponent from scoring a third or fourth goal.
Whatever the situation, with Roloson, you know what you’re getting.
And this could very well turn out to be the perfect fit with limitless potential.
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via Pierre LeBrun tweet,
Marc-Andre Bergeron has agreed to one-year deal with Tampa Bay Lightning. Going through his medical as we speak I’m told
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
The agent for rehabbing defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron said he has spoken to Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, and characterized Tampa Bay’s interest as “serious,” though Paul Corbeil added that both sides are doing their homework to see if Bergeron, a free agent, would be a good fit.
“I’m sure he could be a good asset for the Lightning,” Corbeil said Wednesday. “They’re a good team and having a very good beginning of the year. I think it would be a very nice fit with Guy Boucher and the coaching staff.”
The Montreal Canadiens find themselves atop the Northeast division after a week that included three tough matches against Vancouver, Boston and Carolina. Carey Price was phenomenal in all three games, and the Brian Gionta-Scott Gomez line, much maligned this season, seems to finally be coming to life. Impressively, the Canadiens earned six points, all regulation wins.
However, as everyone now knows, the news for Montreal was not all good. All-star Andrei Markov fell awkwardly in a collision with Eric Staal late in Saturday’s game against Carolina, and the Habs now find themselves facing the prospect of extended time without their best defenceman.
This would be Markov’s fourth, yes fourth serious injury over the past two and a half years. A knee injury against Toronto (courtesy of a Mikhail Grabovski hit); a sliced tendon courtesy of Carey Price’s skate; a torn knee ligament thanks to Matt Cooke, and now this. Apparently the Habs and Markov’s agent were close on a long-term deal as recently as two weeks ago. I would suspect Markov’s future as a Hab is now definitely in flux.
So Dustin Boyd is on waivers, much to Jacques Martin’s surprise (based on his comments to the media…the questions seemed to catch him off guard), and Max Lapierre is apparently the latest to audition for the second line left wing spot.
Because, let’s be honest, after four or five years as a checker/pest/grinder, it makes perfect sense that Maxime Lapierre can now be a contributing second liner.
As the Habs continue to try and fill that top six spot, is there a move afoot? It seems odd that Boyd was suddenly waived, especially after Lars Eller was a healthy scratch. Could Aaron Palushaj or Max Pacioretty be on their way up to the big club? Could a trade be in the works? Are the Habs going to take my advice and reach out to free agent Bill Guerin, or perhaps Owen Nolan? As of this evening, the Team 990’s Tony Marinaro, who had Guerin as a guest on the radio earlier today, said Guerin had not received a call from Montreal (though he’d love to play for the Habs…although I suspect he’d just like to play, period).
A great effort Friday night by the newly christened PhD line (Mathieu Darche and Jeff Halpern both have university degrees) resulted in two goals for Benoit Pouliot and a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres, who still have yet to win a game in Buffalo this season.
Saturday night, however, an expectedly tired Canadiens club put in a shoddy effort for two periods, and lost 3-2 to the visiting Ottawa Senators. Brian Elliott was good in net for Ottawa, but Alex Kovalev was better up the ice, scoring two goals and tallying an assist against his former club. L’Artiste was, of course, first star on the night.
Two positives from this weekend: a goal by Brian Gionta, who had not scored in eight games, and the play of Pouliot-Halpern-Darche, which has helped keep the Canadiens competitive as their second line and power play has struggled.
While the Habs have looked fairly good in this young season, a few problems are obvious. Firstly, the defence: it’s far too slow.
via a Nick Kypreos tweet,
Indication from the league is the Craig Adams 5 min hit from behind on Bergeron won’t be enough to warrant additional discipline.
Adams received five for checking from behind and a game misconduct.
Bob Cole and Garry Galley with the call.
The Montreal Canadiens got more bad news on the injury front on Tuesday, as RDS reports that defenceman Marc-Andre Bergeron will be sidelined for six to eight weeks with a left knee injury.
Bergeron, 29, was signed as an unrestricted free agent last fall.
In 51 games with the Canadiens this season, he has 10 goals and 28 points.
Many people questioned Marc-Andre Bergeron playing the full game after this hit last night.
via the CP at TSN,
Looking to fill a need at defence caused by the injuries to Andrei Markov and Ryan O’Byrne, the Montreal Canadiens found some help in the free agent market.
According to RDS.ca, the Habs have signed Marc-Andre Bergeron to a one-year, $750,000 contract.
from Russo’s Rants,
Assistant GM Tom Lynn said Marc-Andre Bergeron, who leads the Wild defensemen with 16 points, is out a matter of “weeks, not days,” due to a lower-body injury. He didn’t want to peg an exact time frame, but obviously it’ll be into the New Year. Defenseman Erik Reitz will take Bergeron’s spot in the lineup, and with Kurtis Foster still a ways from returning, you can bet this puts a halt on any possible trading of one of the Wild defensemen….
Lynn also said Marian Gaborik will be managing his injury for at least a month. So he’ll be judging his own discomfort and decide when he needs to take a practice off or leave practice early. Lynn said that’s normal, and with only one back-to-back before Jan. 19-20 games, Lynn feels Gaborik should be fine to play every game (unless of course there’s an aggravation).
read on for more on the Wild and the Gaborik to Atlanta rumor…
From Michael Russo at Russo’s Rants,
As for the big-shot Bergeron, I talked to Risebrough twice Tuesday, once before his flight to Toronto for the goalie equipment trimming meetings and once after. He believes Bergeron will be a guy who can play regular minutes, not just a bunch of power-play minutes. He says part of the motivation was to be a fill-in for Foster while he’s out, but “that doesn’t mean it’s one or the other. It will be an improvement to have both when Foster’s back.”
Bergeron has a club option for next year at $1.653 million. The Ducks almost certainly wouldn’t have exercised that. So why didn’t the Wild wait for free agency? Risebrough says other teams were interested in Bergeron, and Brian Burke was definitely going to trade him. In other words, he wouldn’t make free agency, according to Risebrough.