Mark Barberio D TB 4 Days

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 TB 16 Days

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 TB 21 Days

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 TB 1 Month

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 TB 3 Months

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 TB 4 Months

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.

Mark Barberio D TB 7 Months

The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Mark Barberio to a one-year/one-way contract.

In the middle of the NHL draft, the Lightning thought that this announcement was so important, it had to be done now. Barberio had five goals and 10 points in 49 games this season and should be a five-six defenseman with Tampa Bay in the 2014-15 season.

Mark Barberio D TB 9 Months

Mark Barberio made his NHL postseason debut in Game 3.

He filled in for Sami Salo, who sat with an upper-body injury. The Montreal-native was a little too wired for the contest and he posted six penalty minutes.

Mark Barberio D TB 10 Months

Mark Barberio got back into Tampa Bay's lineup on Sunday after sitting for nine straight games in the press box.

The Lightning dressed seven defensemen in the contest. Barberio returned to being a healthy scratch in Tuesday's win over Montreal, but coach Jon Cooper said it wasn't because of his performance. "I thought Mark played extremely well," Cooper said. "He was jumping into plays, and he probably had a couple of our best chances to score. I thought he was very good at breaking pucks out, and it's good to have guys that you can plug in." Barberio has 10 points and a plus-12 rating in 48 games this campaign.

Mark Barberio D TB Nov 07 '79

Mark Barberio has been earning his spot in Tampa Bay's lineup after he was a frequent healthy scratch earlier in the year.

He has also started contributing offensively with three goals and one assist in his past four outings. Barberio has eight points and a plus-16 rating in 34 games this season. He never doubted his ability to succeed at the NHL level, but his growing comfort level has helped him make noticeable improvements.