Marc-Andre Bergeron would never make it as a radio guy.
When Craig MacTavish told him yesterday he'd be watching the Blue Jackets game from the press box, Bergeron was speechless.
"I just don't really have anything to say,'' the 26-year-old blueliner muttered after getting the news at the morning skate. "I'll be up there watching, that's all.''
Bergeron, who played just seven minutes in Detroit, none of it in the third period, didn't see the move coming.
"I'm just disappointed.''
MacTavish, meanwhile, has been somewhat disappointed in Bergeron's performance lately.
"I don't expect anybody to take it well when you sit out,'' said MacTavish. "But he should recognize (why), and he did in the conversations I had with him.''
Bergeron leads the team in plus-minus (plus-5), but has no goals and five assists, despite 51 minutes of power play time this season.
"He's been a bit of an enigma this year,'' said the coach. "He's played pretty decently defensively, but we're expecting a little more offensively out of him.
"We've talked to him about things we want him to do and he's having a hard time recognizing that on the ice.
"It's not going to be a permanent thing with Bergie, but at the same time, if a player who is out of sync goes up in the press box and watches the game up there, (he gets) a different perspective. You see the ice is a lot more open than you think when you're out there. You go up and see the game from the press's perspective and the game seems easy.''
J.F. Jacques was the other half of the French Dejection. After two uneventful games, he moved upstairs to make room for Marty Reasoner, who had been out with a bruised foot.