Piche, Sebastien

Bolts Qualify Five Players Including Four Defensemen

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that they had extended qualifying offers to five of their eight pending restricted free agents. Defensemen Keith Aulie, Brian Lee, Brendan Mikkelson, and Evan Oberg along with goaltender Jaroslav Janus received the required offers to guarantee the Bolts retain exclusive rights to these players. It is expected that Tampa will come to terms with contract extensions with these five players sometime during the summer.

Recently required goaltender Anders Lindback received a qualifying offer from the Nashville Predators prior to his trade to the Lightning last week.

Defenseman Sebastien Piche and forward Benoit Pouliot were not tendered qualifying offers, and will be unrestricted free agents on July 1. Pouliot was acquired Saturday from the Boston Bruins during the 2012 NHL Draft, and is expected to sign an extension with the Bolts prior to start of the NHL free agency signing period on Sunday. Pouliot has arbitration rights as a pending restricted free agent, and the Lightning's decision not to qualify Pouliot is speculated as a means to circumvent Pouliot electing player arbitration later this summer.

Piche was acquired from the Detroit Red Wings in the Kyle Quincey/First Round Pick trade. The Red Wings needed a spot in their 50-man roster and Piche was sent to Tampa Bay. He was one of the leaders for the ECHL Florida Everblades as they won the Kelly Cup. The writing was on the wall for Piche's future when the third year pro was not recalled to Norfolk following the conclusion of Florida's season.

Prospect of the Week (6.1.12)

This season Bolt Prospects introduced our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their on-ice contributions.

We wanted to highlight prospects throughout the year to help fans get better acquainted with the next round of Lightning stars while recognizing the prospect’s achievement on the ice.

This week’s (belated) BP Prospect of the Week award goes to … Sebastien Piche, Charles Landry, and Pat Nagle (Florida Everblades, ECHL).

These three Lightning prospects helped the Florida Everblades to their first Kelly Cup championship last Wednesday when the ‘Blades topped the Las Vegas Wranglers, 3-2, on an overtime goal by rookie Brendan MacLean.

Kelly Cup Finals Game Night: 5-23-12

(W3) Las Vegas Wranglers 2 @ (E5) Florida Everblades 3 (OT)
Kelly Cup Finals – Florida wins best of 7 series 4-1

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 11 GP, 1-2-3, +7, 5 PIM
Season Totals: 35 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 10 PIM
D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 2 SOG, 11 PIM (tripping, fighting, roughing)
Playoff Totals: 18 GP, 2-9-11, +10, 51 PIM
Season Totals: 16 GP, 3-7-10, +2, 41 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 SOG, 2 PIM (roughing)
Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 1-3-4, +4, 12 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 0-10-10, -6, 4 PIM (Norfolk property)
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play (backup)
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 4-1-0, 1.42 GAA, .941 sv%, 2 SO
Season Totals: 39 GP, 20-14-0-3, 2.87 GAA, .905 sv%, 1 SO

Champions!

Florida won their first Kelly Cup championship on Wednesday night when rookie Brandon MacLean scored early in overtime on a two-on-one to defeat the Las Vegas Wranglers, 3-2. MacLean is a former Sault Ste. Marie Greyhound who recently completed four years at Carleton University in Canada. He only played 13 regular season games for the ‘Blades.

Florida jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but eventually allowed Las Vegas to tie the game in the third period before MacLean played hero. Former Lightning draft pick and current Norfolk Admirals property Kevin Quick had a strong defensive play in overtime that eventually led to the winning goal. Lightning prospect Charles Landry played at least one shift in overtime and Sebastien Piche was among the top minute eaters for the ‘Blades all night on the blueline.

The Everblades had made the finals two previous times, but this is their first championship. Carolina prospect John Muse, who stopped 41 of 43 shots to get the win in Game 5, was named playoff MVP. Lightning prospect Pat Nagle filled in for him against Elmira and played well, including earning two shutouts. He played twice against Kalamazoo, winning Game 1, but dropping Game 2. He was replaced by Muse in Game 3.

Lightning prospect Alex Hutchings was an alternate captain for much of the season for Florida, but earned a promotion to AHL Norfolk and has been with the Admirals for the last few months.

Congratulations to the Florida Everblades, 2011-2012 Kelly Cup Champions.

(Woody Wommack/Naples News photo)

Kelly Cup Finals Game Night: 5-22-12

(W3) Las Vegas Wranglers 1 @ (E5) Florida Everblades 3
Kelly Cup Finals – Florida leads best of 7 series 3-1

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 1-2-3, +5, 5 PIM
Season Totals: 35 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 10 PIM
D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 0-1-1, +2, 2 SOG, 2 PIM (boarding)
Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 2-9-11, +10, 40 PIM
Season Totals: 16 GP, 3-7-10, +2, 41 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, +2, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 15 GP, 1-3-4, +3, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 0-10-10, -6, 4 PIM (Norfolk property)
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play (backup)
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 4-1-0, 1.42 GAA, .941 sv%, 2 SO
Season Totals: 39 GP, 20-14-0-3, 2.87 GAA, .905 sv%, 1 SO

One more. Florida pulled within one game of winning the Kelly Cup by defeating the Wranglers, 3-1, at home on Tuesday night. Lightning prospect Charles Landry and Norfolk Admirals property Kevin Quick were back in the lineup for the Everblades. Neither registered a point, but Quick was plus-2. Sebastien Piche (pictured) earned an assist on Florida’s insurance goal to go up 3-1 with just over four minutes left in the game. Florida can hoist the Cup Wednesday night in southwest Florida.

ECHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-18-12

(W3) Las Vegas Wranglers 3 @ (E5) Florida Everblades 4 (OT)
Kelly Cup Finals – Florida leads best of 7 series 2-1

D Charles Landry, FLA: Did not play.
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 1-2-3, +5, 5 PIM
Season Totals: 35 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 10 PIM
D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 0-1-1, +1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 38 PIM
Season Totals: 15 GP, 3-6-9, +1, 41 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: Did not play.
Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 1-3-4, +1, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 0-10-10, -6, 4 PIM (Norfolk property)
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play (backup)
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 4-1-0, 1.42 GAA, .941 sv%, 2 SO
Season Totals: 39 GP, 20-14-0-3, 2.87 GAA, .905 sv%, 1 SO

Former QMJHL (Baie-Comeau, Moncton) star Matt Marquardt (pictured) scored at 13:49 of overtime to lift the Florida Everblades to a 4-3 home win over Las Vegas in Game 3 of the Kelly Cup Finals. Florida now leads the best-of-7 series, 2-1. Lightning prospect Sebastien Piche earned the primary assist on Justin Shugg’s game-tying goal with under four minutes left in regulation. Charles Landry and Kevin Quick were healthy scratches for the second straight game. Pat Nagle sat backup to John Muse, who stopped 32 of 35 shots. Game 4 is not until Tuesday night in southwest Florida.

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