Bergeron, who missed the first half of the season recovering from knee surgery, will earn a $1-million salary at the NHL level, Bergeron's agent Paul Corbeil said in a statement.
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman confirmed that Bergeron will be put on NHL waivers Wednesday with the intent of sending him to AHL Norfolk.
"We're hoping he doesn't get claimed," Yzerman told reporters after the Lightning's 1-0 win Tuesday. "He'll be down there as long as we need him to play and get healthy and get in game shape and ready to play in the NHL."
Bergeron will earn $105,000 while in the minor leagues, according to a source.
Bergeron, 30, had 13 goals and 21 assists in 60 regular-season games with the Montreal Canadiens last season. He became an unrestricted free agent July 1.
The offensive defenseman and power-play specialist had 14 goals the previous season in Minnesota.
Pierre LeBrun covers the NHL for ESPN.com.