After spending the past three seasons playing in Switzerland, Marc-Andre Bergeron is going to get another chance to play in the NHL.
According to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie, Bergeron, who last played in the NHL during the 2012-13 season as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes, will be attending Columbus Blue Jackets training camp this season on a tryout contract.
Bergeron, 35, has 490 games of NHL experience with seven different teams and made a career out of being a power play specialist, scoring 82 goals and adding 153 assists with the Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Anaheim Ducks, Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, Lightning and Hurricanes.
Based on his past experiences in the NHL his game is about as one-dimensional as it gets from the blue line with pretty much all of his value coming from his ability to score and work the power play. That seems to run counter to what John Tortorella coached teams have been in recent years in the NHL.
After appearing in only 25 games in 2012-13, Bergeron signed on with Zurich in the Swiss League where he continue to put up some pretty strong offensive numbers. He is coming off of a 2015-16 performance that saw him record 25 points (seven goals, 18 assists) in 43 games, tops among all defensemen on the team.
The Blue Jackets could definitely use a little extra offensive punch on their blue line and power play, which is something that Bergeron was able to provide in his previous NHL experiences if put into the right situations. The Blue Jackets’ power play was 21st in the NHL last season, converting on only 17 percent of their chances.