Mark Barberio D TB 23 Days
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 1 Month
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.
Mark Barberio D TB 2 Months
Mark Barberio hasn't played since opening night.
He got into the lineup because of an injury to Sami Salo. He's been staying ready at practice for his next opportunity. "I've experienced this before, so I just have to make sure I stick with it, and if I do get a shot that I'm ready," Barberio said.
Mark Barberio D TB 3 Months
Mark Barberio may get a shot to stick with the Tampa Bay Lighting out of training camp.
He has to clear waivers to be sent down to the minors this year and he could end up getting claimed. Barberio generated 42 points in 73 games with AHL Syracuse in 2012-13 and the year before that he amassed 61 points in 74 minor-league contests. He suited up in two games with the Lightning last year.
Mark Barberio D TB Nov 21 '12
Mark Barberio wants to continue to improve at the AHL level so that when he receives a shot at making it to the NHL he is ready.
"I just have to keep putting my work in on the ice and in the gym," he said. "The step from junior to the AHL was big and I'm pretty sure the step from the AHL to the NHL is even bigger. So that just means I have to be in better shape, and stronger ... because the guys up there are even bigger and faster so that means whatever I'm doing now I have to keep improving. You always have to try to improve or else you are never going anywhere." Barberio was presented with the Eddie Shore Award, which goes to the AHL's most outstanding defenseman, last season after he produced 61 points in 74 games. He has gotten off to another strong start this campaign with three goals and 11 points in his first 14 contests. However, the Lightning blueline is fairly crowded at the moment, so it may take some more time before he gets his shot.