In exchange for Bergeron, the Lightning will acquire forward Adam Hall and a seventh-round draft selection in the 2013 NHL Draft. Hall is earning $650,000 this season and will become an unrestricted free agent in July.
Earlier on Tuesday, Renaud Lavoie of RDS reported that Bergeron was not on the ice for the team's practice and stated that he should be traded. Less than one hour later, he was dealt to the Hurricanes.
Bergeron is currently playing in the final year of a two-year, $2 million contract that carries an annual average value of $1 million. He will become an unrestricted free agent this July. In 12 games this season, the 32-year-old defenseman has recorded a goal and four assists for five points.
Bergeron has averaged 12:21 of ice-time this season, which includes an average of 2:37 on the power play.