Finally, for the first time in years, the Florida Panthers have made a huge splash in Free Agency, and we finally have faith and optimism in our team moving forward as they try to find a way to get back into the playoffs. GM Dale Tallon pulled off a lot of stunts Friday to build the team we all want to see succeed piece by piece. Here at TheRatTrick, we will cover each piece of Tallon’s New Panthers team, todays segment features: Sean Bergenheim.
After a bunch of signings Friday, Tallon continued to add offensive help from the wing late Friday night when he announced that he had signed Sean Bergenheim. One of the best things that really stands out from this signing is that Bergenheim has the ability to play on both the left and right wing if need be. So, whenever head coach Kevin Dineen is faced with injury, or simply wants to shake things up, Bergenheim can be easily slotted into the lineup.
The Helsinki, Finland native can also be counted on as a consistent point producer, as he does not bring any surprises with his game. He is constantly producing around 25 point per season, with his total climbing each season. Last season Bergenheim witnessed his best point production while a part of the Tampa Bay Lightning organization., as he scored 14 goals and added 15 assists in 80 games for the Bolts.
One aspect of his game which has to be taken into consideration with Bergenheim was his performance in last years playoffs with the Lightning. He witnessed his first ever playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and as a surprise to many, he was flourished into a great scorer as he scored 9 goals and 11 points in just 16 post-season games.
Clearly, Panthers GM, Dale Tallon has high hopes that Bergenheim can continue his production as he offered up a hefty 4-year, 11 million dollar contract to the 27-year old. A big increase considering he was making $700,000 last season with the Lightning.
Bergenheim was drafted 22nd overall by the Islanders in 2002, and spent 5 seasons with the club before being signed as an Unrestricted Free Agent last season by the Tampa Bay Lightning. In 326 NHL games, he has scored 54 goals, and added 55 assists.