Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Berard will be wearing a Blue Jacket this season
The Columbus Blue Jackets have added another veteran defenceman. TSN has learned that Columbus has inked Bryan Berard to a 2-year deal worth $4.5 million.
On Monday, Columbus agreed to terms with Adam Foote, one of the most-coveted defencemen on the free agent market.
Berard is one of just 10 defencemen who have scored 10 or more goals in each of the past two seasons. In 2003-04, he led all Western Conference defensemen in points per game (0.82), ranked eighth among all blueliners in points (47) and 13th in goals (13) with 13-34-47, despite playing just 58 games with the Chicago Blackhawks.
He also tied New Jersey's Scott Niedermayer and Dallas' Sergei Zubov for ninth in power play points by a defenseman with 6-19-25 that year. The season marked the third in a row in which his offensive production increased.
Following the campaign, Berard was awarded the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy given annually to the "NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."