The agent for rehabbing defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron said he has spoken to Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, and characterized Tampa Bay's interest as "serious," though Paul Corbeil added that both sides are doing their homework to see if Bergeron, a free agent, would be a good fit.
"I'm sure he could be a good asset for the Lightning," Corbeil said Wednesday. "They're a good team and having a very good beginning of the year. I think it would be a very nice fit with Guy Boucher and the coaching staff."
Bergeron, who played last season for the Canadiens with 13 goals and 21 assists in 60 games, also played three games for AHL Hamilton, where Lightning coach Guy Boucher and assistants Martin Raymond and Dan Lacroix worked. Bergeron, 30, also is considered a true power-play quarterback, something the Lightning really does not have, though wing Marty St. Louis has handled the job admirably of late.
Bergeron, who made $750,000 last season, had seven goals and 15 assists on the power play.
"He's one of the best defensemen on the power play in the NHL," Corbeil said.
Bergeron also is coming off summer knee surgery. Corbeil said his client will be examined next week and could be cleared to start practicing with a team by the beginning of December. In other words, Bergeron's inclusion in any lineup, as Corbeil said he is talking to several other teams, is not imminent.
"I'd say they are serious," Corbeil said of the Lightning. "They are doing their homework about Marc-Andre, and I am doing it about them. I think it would be a good match."