Hurricanes president and general manager Jim Rutherford told the team’s site that “Marc-Andre is a skilled, veteran defenseman who has made a good career out of helping teams on the power play.”
Bergeron has five points in just 12 games this season after missing time with a back injury and being a healthy scratch during several games over the last month, according to the Tampa Tribune, via Rotoworld.com.
The 10-year NHL veteran has spent the last three seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and while he has faced the injury bug throughout his career—he has never played a full season—the defender has still managed to amass 231 points.
That kind of offensive touch is exactly what the Hurricanes are looking for.
Not only will Carolina benefit from his scoring touch overall (the Canes are 12th in the NHL with 2.7 goals per game), but the team’s abysmal power-play unit—30th in the league at just 12.7 percent—will receive a much needed shot in the arm.
The Hurricanes sit in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, but only three points back of the eighth and final playoff spot. This move was a clear sign that the team is gearing up to make a run for the postseason.
As for the Lightning, the move to acquire prospects and picks at this point in the 2013 campaign (14th in the Eastern Conference) is the signal of the white flag. The team understands it won’t make the postseason and the fire sale has begun.
While trades sometimes come with hard feelings from the players involved, hockey fans will get a chance to see if any animosity exists as the Hurricanes play the Lightning on Thursday in Carolina.
It wouldn't be surprising to see more deals from each of these teams before the NHL trade deadline Wednesday.