Lightning makes small move, acquires Adam Hall, draft pick for D Bergeron
The Lightning made an interesting move, re-acquiring forward Adam Hall and a seventh-round draft pick from the Hurricanes for defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron. Tampa Bay immediately put Hall on waivers, and general manager Steve Yzerman said if Hall clears he will be assigned to AHL Syracuse.
In other words, Hall was the price the Lightning had to pay to get the draft pick. Tampa Bay also gets rid of a player it was not planning to sign for next season, gains a small amount of money (Bergeron's contract is for $1 million this season, Hall's is for $650,000) and if a team claims Hall off waivers, that is a bonus.
Hall, you may recall was lost to the Hurricanes on waivers on March 16.
"I just talked with Carolina (Monday) night," Yzerman said. "They were looking for a defenseman and I saw an opportunity to get another draft pick."
Bergeron, whose contract is up after this season, did not play much for Tampa Bay with a goal and five points in 12 games. Hall played six games for Carolina with zero points and was minus-2.
"He's been a good soldier," Yzerman said of Bergeron, who could face the Lightning Thursday at Carolina. "He's been patient. Through the process he's been really good about it, so I'm happy for him that he gets an opportunity to go play and earn a job for this year and for future years."
Other stuff from the morning skate: As expected, Mathieu Garon will get the start in net tonight against the Panthers. ... Captain Vinny Lecavalier, out nine games with a fractured left foot, might play as soon as Thursday, coach Jon Cooper said. Lecavalier on Tuesday skated with the team, though wearing a red no-contact jersey. Lecavalier went for tests after the skate. How they turn out will help determine if he plays. Lecavalier said his foot actually feels better than it did during the 18 games he played after taking a slap shot off his foot on Feb. 2 against the Rangers. "It feels a lot stronger," Lecavalier said. "It's not 100 percent. it's more lateral movements that are an issue. When I skate forward it feels pretty good. It's more tight turns, stops, little tings like that that you don't want top push it too much until you see where the healing is at." ... G Anders Lindback (high ankle sprain) did not skate, but said the injury is "getting better." ... Former Lightning LW Fredrick Modin will be honored tonight as part of the team's 20th anniversary celebration. Modin perhaps was Tampa Bay's most underrated player during its 2004 Stanley Cup run. "Ever since leaving it's always been a big part of me," Modin said of his time with the Lightning, "not just for me but for my family. The years we spent here, the team we had, the fans around town here, it really is a special place for us. It's so nice to be back." Modin, who lives in Columbus, where he played after Tampa Bay, said he even kept his Tampa-area home until 2011. ... Cooper seems happy forward Mike Angelidis will be in the lineup. Called up because of the two-game suspension to C Nate Thompson, Cooper said Angelidis will make the "greasy, dirty plays. He's no flash and dash, he just grinds it out." ... What did Cooper learn in his first game behind the Lightning bench? "You just learn it's no different than coaching in the American League or junior, just a way bigger environment and bigger stage with more people," Cooper said. "Obviously, the players are much more talented, but they still want to do the same things and, to some degree, they all make the same mistakes."