Lightning Re-sign Picard; Announce Quick Signing
(tampabaylightning.com) The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed defenseman Alexandre Picard and signed defenseman Kevin Quick, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced. Picard, acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers on February 25, signed a multi-year, one-way deal, while Quick received a multi-year, two-way contract.
"Picard played very well for us following his acquisition last season and both ownership groups established re-signing him as a priority this off-season,â€ Feaster said. â€œWe are pleased to have him under contract for the next two seasons and look forward to his continued development into what we believe will be a top-four defenseman for our Club.
"Kevin Quick was able to dip his toe into the professional waters with Norfolk at the end of the season and we trust his experience there helped reinforce the hard-work he needs to put in this summer in preparing for his first NHL training camp. The AHL is a very good, very tough development league and Kevin saw that first-hand. This will be an important off-season for Kevin as he attempts to prepare himself both physically and mentally for the rigors that await him in Traverse City and beyond. Having said that, we are very excited to get Kevin signed and see him embark on his professional career."
A native of Gatineau, Quebec, Picard appeared in 20 games with the Lightning after being acquired from the Flyers last season, recording three goals, six points and eight penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound defenseman played in 53 games with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League last season and ranked second on the team in points with 38. His eight goals and five power-play goals also led all Phantoms defensemen, and he represented Philadelphia at the 2008 AHL All-Star Game. He has played in 134 career AHL games with the Phantoms, recording 16 goals and 74 points.
Picard played in 72 career NHL games with the Flyers entering the 2007-08 season, tallying three goals, 22 points and 23 penalty minutes. On February 1, 2007 against the New Jersey Devils he posted five assists to set a Flyers record for assists by a defenseman and assists by a rookie in a single game. He became the second rookie defenseman in NHL history (Gary Suter, CGY, 6 vs. EDM on 4/4/86) and the third player in Flyers history (Eric Lindros, Bobby Clarke) to accomplish the feat.
The 22-year-old was drafted by Philadelphia in the third-round, 85th overall, at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He played in 255 career junior games with Halifax and Cape Breton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and recorded 31 goals and 122 points.
Quick, 20, was drafted by the Lightning in the third round, 78th overall, at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-foot, 175-pound Buffalo native skated in 18 games with the AHLâ€™s Norfolk Admirals last season, recording four assists and six penalty minutes. He also played 21 games with the University of Michigan, tallying two goals, four points and 12 penalty minutes.
In three years of varsity hockey at the Salisbury School in Salisbury, Connecticut, Quick recorded seven goals and 46 points. The smooth-skating defenseman tallied 23 points and had a plus-45 plus/minus rating in 28 games with Salisbury in 2005-06 as the team posted a 25-1-2 record and captured the New England Prep Hockey Championship.
Quick also represented Team USA at the 2006 World U-17 Championships in Slovakia, capturing the Gold Medal.