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Lightning deals Bergeron; GM says to expect little else

Adam Hall is on waivers again and will go to AHL Syracuse if he clears at noon today.

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Adam Hall is on waivers again and will go to AHL Syracuse if he clears at noon today.

TAMPA — Asked if he had some lines in the water ahead of today's 3 p.m. trade deadline, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman smiled and said, "I wouldn't describe it as that, no."

In fact, Yzerman said, "I don't know if we'll do anything. We're constantly talking to other clubs, but I couldn't anticipate whether we'll do anything at all."

Tuesday, Yzerman sent little-used D Marc-Andre Bergeron to the Hurricanes for a 2013 seventh-round draft pick and F Adam Hall, whom Carolina got March 16 off waivers from Tampa Bay. Hall is on waivers again and will go to AHL Syracuse if he clears at noon today.

The draft pick was key. But the Lightning also saved money. Bergeron's contract pays $1 million this season (before being pro-rated for the lockout). Hall's pays $650,000.

"He's been a good soldier," Yzerman said of Bergeron. "I'm happy for him that he gets an opportunity to go and play."

Bergeron, who had a goal and five points in 12 games, could face his former team Thursday at Carolina.

As for what to expect at the deadline, it's hard to say. Rumors had Yzerman inquiring about Sabres G Ryan Miller. But it is difficult to believe Yzerman already has given up on G Anders Lindback. So, the fit (not to mention Miller's $6.25 million salary next season) doesn't seem right.

Yzerman also is loath to give up high draft choices or top-end prospects unless the deal is too good to pass up, and he doesn't have the organizational depth to give up many assets. Perhaps he wasn't kidding when he said, "Don't expect anything."

MINOR MOVE: The Lightning got LW Philippe Paradis from the Blackhawks for prospect Kirill Gotovets. Paradis, 6 feet 2, 205 pounds, drafted 27th overall in 2009 by Carolina, had a goal, eight points and 100 penalty minutes in 36 games for AHL Rockford.

VINNY CLOSE: C Vinny Lecavalier, out nine games with a fractured left foot, might play at Carolina, coach Jon Cooper said. Lecavalier skated with the team Tuesday morning wearing a red no-contact jersey.

He was injured March 12 colliding with Panthers D Erik Gudbranson. By then he had played 18 games with a bone bruise on the same foot.

"It feels better than it did for those five weeks," Lecavalier said. "It feels a lot stronger."

Lecavalier said he is not 100 percent healthy but added, "It's more lateral movements that are the issue. When I skate forward it feels really good. It's tight turns, stops, things like that that you don't want to push it too much."

HONORED: For former LW Fredrik Modin, being part of the team's 20th anniversary celebration "feels good."

Modin, who played for Tampa Bay from 1999-2006, was an underrated player during the 2004 Stanley Cup run.

"It's great to have that memory," he said of the championship. "It was great playing on that team and growing together and eventually getting the ultimate prize."

ODDS AND ENDS: C Nate Thompson sat out the first game of a two-game suspension for a head shot on Devils F Matt D'Agostini. … The Lightning played with 11 forwards and seven defensemen. … RW Richard Panik also was scratched. … April is Lightning Fan Appreciation Month with ticket offers and promotions for each home game. … Tuesday's announced crowd of 17,904 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum was the first non sellout in 19 home games.

Lightning deals Bergeron; GM says to expect little else 04/02/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 12:25am]
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