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Tampa Bay Lightning signs D MA Bergeron; RW Adam Hall agrees to terms, should sign soon



The Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday signed defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron to a two-year deal believed worth $2 million. The team also agreed to terms on a one-year deal with right wing Adam Hall, who should be officially signed soon.

It was a good season for Hall, who had seven goals and 18 points in 82 games, and became one of the teams best defensive forwards and penalty killers while averaging 14:50 of ice time.

Hall can take some satisfaction as well at his performance after a 2009-10 season in which he was stuck in the minors. Hall always said he never took that time for granted and worked just as hard as he would have in the NHL. He was rewarded by becoming an integral part of the team.

Hall, 30, also had a goal and five assists in 18 playoff games while averaging 13:53 of ice time.

Bergeron, 30, was a different player in the playoffs than he was in the regular season. That is not a mystery as he was coming off major reconstructive knee surgery. He was signed as a free agent in January and played his first games for Tampa Bay in February. He had two goals and six assists and was a troublesome minus-10 in just 23 games while averaging 14:19 of ice time.

But he seemed more in his element in the playoffs with two goals and three points in 14 games. He was much better defensively (minus-2) and averaged 12:58 of ice time. And his big shot still had some sting. Most important, he showed that perhaps that by being healthy and with a full training camp, etc., he could be a real asset.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 28, 2011 12:15am]


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