Mark Barberio D TB 3 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 5 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 6 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 8 Months

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.

Mark Barberio D TB 8 Months

Mark Barberio can finally get a haircut.

The Tampa Bay defenseman scored his first two career goals to help the Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 on Sunday and move into a tie for first place in the Atlantic Division. Barberio promised himself as a minor leaguer two years ago that he wouldn't cut his hair until he made it to the NHL and scored there. Now it's time for those shoulder-length locks to come off. "I was just going to let it grow, and I think it's gotten a little too long," Barberio said. "It's got to go, though," he added. "I made a promise."

Mark Barberio D TB 9 Months

Mark Barberio suited up on Monday after sitting the past two games as a healthy scratch.

He got to play because of an upper-body injury to Eric Brewer. Barberio logged 13:46 of ice time and he concluded the game with a plus-3 rating.

Mark Barberio D TB 10 Months

Mark Barberio returned to action on Thursday November 21.

Mark Barberio D TB 10 Months

Mike Barberio is listed as questionable for Saturday night's contest against Phoenix due to a lower-body injury.

He left Thursday's game with the injury and did not practice on Friday. Barberio has played well in spurts this season and has shown some offensive talent making him a lesser-known sleeper candidate once he returns to health.

Mark Barberio D TB 10 Months

Mark Barberio missed most of the third period on Thursday because of an undisclosed injury.

He sat out the last 12 minutes of the final frame, but the injury is believed to be minor in nature. Consider him day-to-day for now.

Mark Barberio D TB 11 Months

Mark Barberio impressed the Tampa coaching staff with his performance against the Blues Saturday night.

He registered his first career point (an assist) Saturday and jumped up into the play and created offense from the back end. Lightning coach Jon Cooper is obviously a fan. "He's got a dynamic part to his game,' Cooper said. "He can skate, he can move pucks, he jumps into plays, he's got a big-time offensive side to him. I thought he did an exceptional job." High praise indeed. Barberio also has a strong offensive track record in the minors. Last season he registered 42 points in 73 games with Syracuse and the year before he recorded a very impressive 61 points in 74 games with Norfolk. If you are looking for a sleeper defenceman pickup, Barberio may be your man.