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Lightning notes: Bergeron sent to rival Hurricanes

With today's 3 p.m. trade deadline approaching, the Lightning made a minor move on Tuesday by dealing D Marc-Andre Bergeron to the Carolina Hurricanes for former Tampa Bay F Adam Hall and a seventh-round draft pick in 2013.
The Lightning also acquired minor-league LW Phillipe Paradis from Chicago for D Kiril Gotovets.
Paradis, the 27th overall pick by Carolina in 2009, has seven goals, 27 points and 141 penalty minutes in 102 games with Rockford and Toronto of the American Hockey League. Gotovets, a seventh-round pick by Tampa Bay in 2009, just completed his junior season at Cornell University.
Bergeron, who was pulled off the ice during the morning skate, was in the lineup for Carolina on Tuesday night against Washington and played on the top power-play unit.
Hall, who was claimed off waivers by Carolina last month, is not expected to return to Tampa. He was placed on waivers Tuesday at noon, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said, and will be assigned to Syracuse of the American Hockey League if he clears waivers.
Hall appeared in six games with the Hurricanes without recording a point and was a minus-2.
Bergeron was in the final year of a two-year contract and set to be an unrestricted free agent in the summer. The 32-year-old appeared in only 12 games this season, picking up a goal and four assists. He was a healthy scratch the past eight games and 12 of the past 13.
"He hasn't played a whole lot for us this year,'' Yzerman said. "He's been a good soldier for us this year, worked hard and been patient. So, we are happy for him. His contract is up and he wants to play.''
Yzerman said he wasn't expecting to be very busy making more transactions ahead of the deadline, but that could always change with one phone call.
"We'll be busy, but I don't know that we'll accomplish anything,'' he said. "We are constantly talking to other clubs, but I couldn't anticipate whether we'll actually do anything at all.''
Lecavalier skates
Wearing a red non-contact jersey, injured C Vinny Lecavalier skated with the team for the first time since suffering a bone injury in his left foot on March 12. He was scheduled for testing to see how the bone was healing and could return for Thursday's game in Carolina.
"It feels pretty good and it's progressing every day, and we'll see what the results look like,'' Lecavalier said. "It's not 100 percent. It's more lateral movements that are the issue. When I skate forward it feels really good. It's more in tight turns, stops, little things like that where you don't want to push it too much before you see where the healing is at.''
Crombeen on board
LW B.J. Crombeen's new two-year contract extension came together in a couple of days, but he is happy to be staying put for the time being."I really believe in the group of guys here, the management group and coaching staff that we have,'' Crombeen said. "I think we are going in the right direction and I am looking forward to being a part of the team for a few years here.''
Modin recognized
Former Lightning LW Fredrik Modin, a key member of the 2004 Stanley Cup championship team, was recognized during Tuesday's game as one of the top 20 hockey personnel members in team history.
Modin remains in the Columbus, Ohio, area, where he retired, and is spending time with his family and helping coach his son's youth hockey team.The top 20 personnel members were voted on by the fans for the 20th anniversary season.
"I was a little stunned when (Dave Andreychuk) told me; that feels really good,'' Modin said. "Tampa, for me, ever since leaving, it's always been a big part of me and my family - the number of years we spent here, the team we had, the fans around town. It really is a special place for us and it's so nice to be back.''
Lindback closer
G Anders Lindback, out with a high ankle sprain since March 20, skated wearing gear for the first time Monday, but did not skate Tuesday. That was according to plan, he said.
"We are just trying to take it step by step here, but it feels good, so hopefully not too much longer,'' he said. "It feels like it's one of those things that take time, but most important is that there is progress and it feels better. I want to be back to practice as soon as possible, but it's best to be patient."
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