Bergeron clears waivers, assigned to Norfolk

Signed earlier this week and placed on waivers yesterday, Marc-Andre Bergeron has cleared and has been assigned to the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL.

Bergeron was sent to Norfolk, of course, to get back into game shape.  He's been recovering from knee surgery.

I'm unsure who (if anyone) he will displace on defense with the Admirals, but that is a story to watch for if you follow news on Lightning prospects in Norfolk and with the ECHL Florida Everblades.

The Admirals press release is below the jump.

Lightning Assign D Marc-Andre Bergeron to Admirals

TAMPA BAY, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have assigned defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron (BAIR-zhuhr-ohn) to the Admirals, Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Bergeron had been signed by the Lightning earlier this week.

Bergeron, 5-foot-9, 198 pounds, played in 60 games with the Montreal Canadiens last season, recording 13 goals and 34 points. He led all Montreal defensemen in goals and was tied for the lead in points. Bergeron was tied for the team lead for game-winning goals with four and third for power play goals with seven. He was tied for ninth in the NHL for goals among defensemen. Bergeron also played in three games with Montreal’s AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, notching six assists.

A native of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Bergeron has played in 399 career NHL games with the Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Anaheim Ducks, Minnesota Wild and the Canadiens. He has amassed 75 goals, 43 power play goals and 194 points. During the previous two seasons the offensive defenseman has ranked tied for fourth in the NHL among defensemen in goals with 27 and fifth for goals per game with .205. Bergeron has eclipsed the 10-goal barrier on three occasions since the 2005-06 season (2005-06, 15; 2008-09, 14; 2009-10, 13). Bergeron has also played in 43 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, recording five goals and 12 points, including 19 games last season with Montreal.

Bergeron has appeared in 136 career American Hockey League games between the Hamilton Bulldogs and Toronto Roadrunners scoring 14 goals and 67 assists with 157 penalty minutes. He was an AHL Second-Team All Star with the Bulldogs in 2002-03.

Bergeron was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Oilers on July 20, 2001.