Tampa Bay Lightning
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Pierre-Cedric Labrie to a one-year, one-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Labrie, 26, skated in 19 games with the Lightning last season, recording two goals and three points with 30 penalty minutes. He scored his first career National Hockey League goal on April 2 versus the Ottawa Senators. Labrie set career highs for games played, goals, points, plus/minus (plus-2) and penalty minutes this past season. The Baie-Comeau, Quebec native also appeared in 39 games last season with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, collecting 11 goals and 18 points with 83 penalty minutes.
The 6-foot-3, 234-pound forward has skated in 33 career NHL games with the Lightning over the past two seasons, registering two goals and five points to go along with 45 penalty minutes. Labrie has played in 350 career AHL games with the Manitoba Moose, Peoria Rivermen, Norfolk Admirals and Crunch, amassing 50 goals and 119 points to go along with 610 penalty minutes. He also won the Calder Cup with the Admirals in 2012.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning will issue qualifying offers to three players vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. There were three players that did not receive offers from the team, making them unrestricted free agents on July 5.
The deadline for NHL clubs to issue offers is Tuesday. By issuing qualifying offers to the aforementioned players, the Lightning are given the right of the first refusal or draft choice compensation should the player sign an offer sheet with another NHL club.
Name: Joel Vermin
Position: Right Wing
Weight: 192 lbs
Club: Bern (SUI)
Tampa Bay closes out their draft with the third overage prospect they've selected in this draft, which is an indication of having a thin list for the back end of their board.
Highly skilled forward with excellent puckhandling ability. Quick hands help him finish well in tight around the net. Quick skater. Just a quick little offensive forward. Has a ton of experience with Switzerland's junior program and Bern in Switzerland's NLA league.
Lacks ideal NHL size and may struggle to compete physically in North American pro leagues.
Short-term scoring line experiment
Name: Saku Salminen
Weight: 187 lbs
Club: K-Vantaa (FIN2)
The Lightning take a project in big centerman Saku Salminen out of Finland.
Big frame that Salminen is willing to use. Already has experience against grown men for Jokerit in the top league and Vantaa in Finland's second tier league. Defensively responsible and solid on the penalty kill.
Average skater. Hasn't made a dent for Finland in numerous international appearances in junior tournaments. Lacks much offensive skill.
Longshot checking liner
Name: Henri Ikonen
Position: Left Wing
Weight: 198 lbs
Club: Kingston (OHL)
Tampa Bay makes another overage prospect selection in the form of 19 year old Finnish winger Henri Ikonen, who played for Kingston in the OHL last season.
Hard working winger is a decent skater with above average skill. Solid compete level and proved he could score in Canadian juniors posting 22 goals and 51 points in 61 games with the Frontenacs, which led them in scoring. He's also fairly competent in the defensive third, as well.
Average NHL size, and doesn't blow you away with his speed or skill level. Likely returning to the Finnish SM-liiga next season.
Checking line depth winger
A poor man's Sean Bergenheim