No official announcement has been made by the team but Bergeron did tweet the following on Saturday:
Surgery in sight , unfortunate but its the reality of professional sport !— Marc-Andre Bergeron(@bergeron47) March 3, 2012
Are we still in this?
We just passed Toronto and Buffalo with this win and are now 4 points out from the Jets who are in the 8th place....
Holy shit we're still in a playoff race.
Oh and the Leafs just fired their coach. And hired Randy Carlyle. Jesus. What a world we live in.
So the Lightning played well tonight. Actually they outplayed the shit out of the Rangers tonight.
Recap after the jump...
The signing was expected to occur but didn't occur till this late in the season because the Lightning didn't want to burn through the first year of his contract if he wasn't going to be called up this season (if I can remember correctly) as he had a 1 year deal with the Admirals.
Here is the press release from the team:
The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Cory Conacher to a two-year, two-way contract today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Conacher, 5-foot-8, 180 pounds, has played in 57 games with the Norfolk Admirals this season, recording 30 goals, 13 power-play goals, 26 power-play points and 64 points. He leads the Admirals in goals, power-play goals, power-play points, points, and ranks second for assists with 34. Conacher is also tied for the AHL lead for PPGs, is second for goals and is tied for third in points. He was recently selected as a starter for the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic, where he had two goals and three points.
A native of Burlington, Ontario, Conacher has played in 64 career AHL games with Norfolk, the Milwaukee Admirals and the Rochester Americans, notching 34 goals and 70 points. He has played in seven career Calder Cup Playoff Games.
Conacher, an undrafted free agent, played four years at Canisus College prior to joining the professional ranks. He is the school’s all-time leader in goals with 62, game-winning goals with 12 and points with 147. He signed a one-year, AHL contract with the Admirals on July 5, 2011.no comments
SY traded away on Carter Ashton?????
Ok, now that this day is over with, I've had some time to think and gather my thoughts on how the Lightning fared today. There were only three trades and they were all to acquire defencemen.
Conditional 7th round pick in 2013 to the Red Wings for D Mike Commodore
I think the trade for Commodore is just to help our defense finish off the year since Hedman is out with injury again. Commodore is a UFA this summer and I don't think Yzerman has an intention on giving Commodore a contract past this season.
No idea on what the condition on the 2013 pick is
F Carter Ashton to the Leafs for D Keith Aulie
I can see why he traded for Keith Aulie, but really, in exchange for Carter Ashton? Egads. Ashton was our 2009 1st round pick that I heard was playing well in his first full season with Norfolk. Aulie came to Toronto from Calgary in the Dion Phaneuf trade and played for Guy Boucher in the world juniors in Ottawa. Aulie played 6-foot-6, 217 pounds, has played in 17 games with the Maple Leafs this season and 23 games with the Marlies.
The PPP says he was traded because Keith Aulie is "not being very good at defence". Awesome. But then again, our defence is not very good at defence. So in an effort to get better, with time and patience this trade could work out in the long run. As with Hedman, defencemen just need time to mature.
D Matt Gilroy to the Senators for D Brian Lee
Gilroy's first season with the Lightning turns out to be a one year thing and this 2009 Hobey Baker winner is on his way to another team in exchange for the younger, Brian Lee. He's an RFA this season, 24 and making $875,000. He was not loved in Ottawa because he didn't live up to the expectations with the other players drafted near him in his draft class, which were Marc Staal or Anze Kopitar and Marc Staal or Anzer Kopitar he is not. But with our low expectations and jobs aplenty in Tampa, Lee might stand a chance here.
So there you have it. Three more trades to add to the departure of Moore, Kubina and Downie for draft picks.
Today it felt like the Lightning changed up their defence but not for players that make me feel like we improved our defence at all. I feel kind of empty from today's trades and want to ask how this makes our defence better? Aulie and Lee have potential but there's still lots of work to do to improve our defence.
Besides the cooking show, he speaks honestly about how he lost his confidence while playing in New York and how tough it was for him to be scratched for the first part of the season with the Lightning.
Even though he was scratched he was still made to feel like a part of the team because of the routine he went through:
"When I started playing I felt confident -- being in the lineup wasn't anything new because I was part of the routine," Gervais said. "The little things make a big difference, like the routine before the game, the routine in warmup, lots of stuff that I had been a part of, so it all seems normal once I got in the lineup."-NHL.comAnd now for the moment you've all been waiting for, cooking with Bruno Gervais: