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One-year, two-way contract for free agent defenseman Mark Barberio

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Wednesday that the team has agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract (2015-16) with free agent defenseman Mark Barberio.

Barberio, 25, played 52 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2014-15, recording seven points (1 goal, 6 assists). The 6-foot-1, 199-pound defenseman served 34 penalty minutes with an average of 16:46 time on ice per game.

“There are a lot of defensemen in Montreal. My goal is to arrive at camp in the best shape possible to earn a spot on the team,” said Barberio via conference call from Albany, NY. “I think competition between players pushes everyone to get better.”

Since making his professional debut with Tampa Bay in 2012-13, Barberio has played 103 regular season games, contributing 17 points (6 goals, 11 assists).  He scored one goal on the powerplay, with a plus-4 differential and 44 penalty minutes. In three seasons with Norfolk and Syracuse (AHL), Barberio harvested 134 points (30 goals, 104 assists) in 215 games. He won the Calder Cup in 2012 with Norfolk.

A product of the QMJHL’s Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and Moncton Wildcats, Barberio collected 168 points (46 goals, 122 assists) in 261 games in the juniors. He took part in the 2010 Memorial Cup tournament with Moncton, totaling four penalty minutes in three games.

A native of Montreal, Barberio was selected in the sixth round, 152nd overall by Tampa Bay at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

“This is really special for me. When my agent told me today that the Canadiens were interested in me, I was so excited. I couldn’t let the opportunity to play for the Montreal Canadiens pass me by. It was my favorite team growing up and I’ve always been a Canadiens fan,” shared Barberio. “To join the Canadiens organization is a dream come true.”

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