Steve Yzerman was at it again yesterday by adding another key piece to his organization. The Tampa Bay Lightning signed Marc-Andre Bergeron to a one-year, two-way contract. Bergeron will likely spend a couple of weeks in the AHL to get into NHL shape but this move could be a steal for the Bolts if he clears waivers.
Bergeron will give the Bolts a quarterback to run their powerplay. Tampa Bay already has the fifth best powerplay in the league and Bergeron will only make it better. Bergeron can also play on the wing making he very versatile.
Last season Bergeron scored 34 points and 13 goals, which included seven powerplay goals. Bergeron is an offensive defenseman who scored 101 points in his final season in the QMJHL. Bergeronís best NHL season was in 2005-2006 with the Edmonton Oilers when he scored 14 goals (ten on the PP) and 46 points. In four of his seven NHL seasons Bergeron has scored double-digit goals.
On a fantasy note this signing will hurt Brett Clark who is currently leading the Bolts blue line in scoring. Bergeron will cut into Clarkís PP time. If you need help with your fantasy defense take a chance with Bergeron as he is all about offense and powerplay points and could give your team that little bump it needs in the second half.