The Islanders have now shipped out Marc-Andre Bergeron to the Ducks for a 3rd round pick.
My reaction, well…..I know for a fact that there will be a reaction in defensive gaffes for the Islanders. Berard should see steady ice time and power play time – when he has been given consistent time, he has been a powerhouse and I think he will excel with the chance. Brendan Witt is also set to return for the game this Saturday – which is a pretty big development in and of itself.
Per the Islanders website:
“We appreciate all the good things that Chris and Marc-Andre have done for the organization, but these trades allow us to play our younger kids especially Jeff Tambellini,” said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. “Jeff is going to have an opportunity to play here and for us to reunite the ‘Kid Line’.”
Tambellini has played in 16 games with the Islanders this season and has scored one goal while splitting his time with Bridgeport. In 46 games with the Sound Tigers this season, Tambellini leads the AHL with 29 goals and is fifth in the league in scoring with 58 points. He was acquired by the Islanders at the trade deadline in March of 2006 along with Denis Grebeshkov for Mark Parrish and Brent Sopel. In 64 career NHL games, Tambellini has scored four goals with ten assists for 14 points.
Bergeron, who was in his second season with the Islanders, has scored nine goals with nine assists for 18 points in 46 games. He was acquired by the Islanders last season with a third round draft selection for Grebeshkov. In 69 games with the Islanders over the two seasons, Bergeron scored 15 goals with 24 assists for 39 points.
Here is the take of TSN:
The Anaheim Ducks added some blueline depth on Tuesday, acquiring Marc-Andre Bergeron from the New York Islanders for a third round draft pick.
Bergeron, who has nine goals and 18 points in 46 games this season, has spent part of the last two seasons with the Islanders after being acquired in a trade from the Edmonton Oilers.
In 258 games over four-plus seasons, he has 48 goals and 127 points.
Au Revoir Marc-Andre, thanks for the memories!