The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron to a two-year, one-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
“We are pleased to keep Marc-Andre in the organization,” Yzerman said. “He played particularly well for us during the playoffs and his passing skills, as well as his shot, make him a valuable contributor to our team. We look forward to having him at training camp.”
Bergeron, 5-foot-9, 198 pounds, appeared in 23 games with the Lightning last season. He was signed as a free agent on January 4 and assigned to the Norfolk Admirals of American Hockey League where he recorded two goals and eight points in 13 games. Bergeron was recalled to the Lightning on February 5 and spent the remainder of the season in Tampa Bay, recording two goals and eight points, including one game-winning goal. He recorded two assists in his Lightning debut on February 6 against St. Louis and became the third player in franchise history to score his first Lightning goal in overtime (Millar, Gagne) on February 12 versus Carolina.
A native of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Bergeron played in 14 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Lightning in 2011, recording two goals and three points. He scored the game and series-clinching goal in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, but he played the most during the Eastern Conference Final against Boston, averaging 15:31 in ice time.
Bergeron has played in 422 career NHL games with the Lightning, Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Anaheim Ducks, Minnesota Wild and the Montreal Canadiens. He has amassed 77 goals, 43 power-play goals and 202 points. Bergeron has eclipsed the 10-goal barrier on three occasions since the 2005-06 season (2005-06, 15; 2008-09, 14; 2009-10, 13). Bergeron has also played in 57 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, recording seven goals and 15 points.
Bergeron was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Oilers on July 20, 2001.