Jim Rutherford and the Carolina Hurricanes acquired Marc- Andre Bergeron from the Tampa Bay Lightning for Adam Hall and a 2013 seventh round draft pick, according to the Hurricanes official website. Bergeron is a 10-year NHL veteran and the Hurricanes hope he can provide offense from the back end.
Rutherford is hoping that Bergeron will be able to help them on their dismal power play. The Canes power play is ranked last in the entire league with a disappointing 12.7 percent success rate. It’s surprisingly bad even with great offensive players on the team like Eric Staal, Jeff Skinner, Alex Semin and Jordan Staal.
Bergeron should be able to give the boost the team needs, since he has had a nice career quarterbacking the power play. He currently has earned five points in 12 games this season and 237 in 477 career games. He may not be the biggest defenseman, but he has the big slapshot the Hurricanes need from the point.
The Hurricanes got Hall earlier in the season by claiming him off waivers from Tampa Bay. The trade for Bergeron sounds like a steal for the Hurricanes. This deal could be an underrated move to get the Hurricanes into the postseason.
Adding Bergeron shows that Rutherford believes his team is good enough to make the playoffs. The Hurricanes are currently 10th in the Eastern Conference, three points out of eighth spot and four points out of the division lead. It is unlikely the Hurricanes will look to add any more defensemen, but there have been a few rumors about them being interested in Ryan Clowe.