Mark Barberio D MTL 2 months ago

Barberio signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Canadiens on Wednesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

Barberio will likely be given the chance in training camp to compete for a spot as the Canadiens' seventh defenseman. The 25-year-old saw ice time in 52 games for the Lightning last season, providing one goal and six assists.

Mark Barberio D MTL 2 months ago

Barberio was not tendered a qualifying offer on Monday, so he will become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday.

He has been in and out of the lineup for three seasons with the Bolts, getting six goals and 17 points in 103 games. He has great offensive upside, but his defensive deficiencies have limited his effectiveness. He could catch on as a five/six guy with another team and contribute to the second power-play unit.

Mark Barberio D MTL 3 months ago

Barberio will be in the lineup Friday, Chris Johnston of SportsNet reports.

Barberio is yet to play in the postseason, but he'll see his first action in Game 4, entering the lineup in the absence of Matt Carle.

Mark Barberio D MTL 6 months ago

Barberio recorded an assist, two PIM, and five shots on goal in Thursday's shootout win over the Bruins.

The 24-year-old only has six points in 40 games this season, as the Lightning mostly count on him to supply toughness on his own end. While his offensive output isn't likely to notice much of an uptick, Barberio should nonetheless be on tap for a regular lineup spot with Braydon Coburn set to miss the next 4-to-6 weeks with a lower-body injury.

Mark Barberio D MTL 7 months ago

Barberio may be in line for more consistent playing time now that Matt Carle is set for surgery on Tuesday.

Barberio has been in and out of the lineup as a healthy scratch, but Carle's injury makes room for him to slot in and show his stuff. Right now, he's still not fantasy worthy as he tends to overthink things when he's on the ice. Watch and wait before you snag him off the wire.

Mark Barberio D MTL 8 months ago

Barberio played 16:13 and picked up an assist in Tuesday's loss to the Bruins. He had been a recent healthy scratch.

He actually slotted into the last two games and may see continued playing time after Victor Hedman suffered a lower-body injury Monday. He's not fantasy worthy yet, but he does have offensive upside.

Mark Barberio D MTL 8 months ago

Barberio will be a healthy scratch Friday.

He has impressed coach Jon Cooper of late, but is still prone to playing as though he's trying to avoid a mistake. "They (young players) play the game not to screw up," Cooper said. "It's hard to pull that out of a kid." It's kind of a rite of passage for a young player, although Barberio will be 25 in November.

Mark Barberio D MTL 8 months ago

Barberio continues to slot in and out of the lineup as a healthy scratch. He did pick up his first point of the season -- and assist -- Saturday against the Islanders.

Maybe it was the increased ice time (he skated 22:29 instead of his usual 14-16 minutes). His fantasy value is so depressed right now. It's really too bad -- the guy has offensive upside, but he won't get a real shot in Tampa Bay.

Mark Barberio D MTL 10 months ago

Barberio, who had been a healthy scratch for nine of the first 11 games, slotted into the lineup Saturday against the Capitals. He played 17:30 and registered one shot on goal and one hit.

He's been a victim of the numbers game with coach Jon Cooper preferring to go with a lefty and a righty in each pairing on the back end. Barbs is the fourth lefty, but saw time because of Andrej Sustr's hand injury. He did skate on a forward line in practice on Tuesday; we're not sure if he'll see action there or not come Thursday.

Mark Barberio D MTL 11 months ago

Barberio, who is battling for a spot on the blue line this season, played a team-high 23 minutes, 30 seconds in Tuesday's win over the Predators. He scored the go-ahead goal.

He is in tough to earn a spot on the bottom pairing and will need to prove he can handle work in his own zone before the team commits to him fully. However, he is on a one-way contract, so that means he'll stick with the team for as long as possible -- they won't be prepared to lose him by sending him down.