Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Lightning Re-Sign Bergeron

The Tampa Bay Lightning continued to re-stock the blueline before the free agency silly season began, as it has now been reported that they have re-signed Marc-Andre Bergeron to a new deal, 2 years, $2 million.

Bergeron was a late-season addition by the Lightning and did provide some offensive help on the back end, as well as some puck moving and now he has been signed on again before he became an unrestricted free agent on Friday.

Bergeron played in 23 regular season games for the Lightning, picking up 2 goals and 6 assists, ranking him 176th among all defensemen in pool scoring.  His scoring rate, however, would have put him in the top 50, if he was to have played the entire season with the Lightning, so he definitely should be considered a pool player in your upcoming drafts.

Martin St. LouisBrett Clark
Vincent LecavalierVictor Hedman
Ryan MalonePavel Kubina
Dominic MooreEric Brewer
Steve DownieMarc-Andre Bergeron
Nate ThompsonBruno Gervais
Dana TyrellMattias Ohlund

I haven't shown an updated table in a few signings now, but all that has been added are a few defensemen, no goalies to speak of, as of yet.  Unrestricted free agency may see the Lightning make a big play for a goalie, depending on how large the Steve Stamkos contract is.

Salary CapWhere does this leave the Lightning at the moment? I have them in with seven forwards, seven defensemen and two buyouts at a projected cap hit of $41.9 million, leaving them approximately $22.4 million for two goalies and six forwards.  We should be assuming that Stamkos should be coming in at around $7 million, which will bring the Lightning closer to the Red Wings model of operation, keeping some cheap goaltending behind good defensemen and having a good core of two-way forwards.

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