Apr 16, 2013; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pierre-Cedric Labrie (76) races to the puck during the first period against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Center. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning Re-Sign LW Pierre-Cedric Labrie

Many people have been waiting on the edge of their seats to see what is going to happen to the 6’3” left winger, who is due to become an Unrestricted Free Agent on Friday. However, that wait has officially come to an end.

620WDAE is reporting that Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today that the team has come to terms with Pierre-Cedric Labrie in the form of a one-year, one-way contract.

Last season, the Baie-Comeau, Quebec native played 19 games with the Lightning, scoring 2 goals and 1 assist for a total of 3 points and a plus-2 rating.

He also suited up for the Lightning’s AHL affiliate Syracuse Crunch last season.

Labrie played 39 games with the Crunch last season, scoring 11 goals and 7 assists for a total of 18 points and a plus-7 rating.

Labrie originally went undrafted, and was signed by the Vancouver Canucks on July 9, 2007. Just under three years later, on March 3, 2010 the Canucks traded Labrie to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for center Yan Stastny.

The feisty left winger was originally signed by the Tampa Bay Lightning as a free agent on December 29, 2011.

Labrie was plenty of championship play in him. As most of you know, he was a part of the Norfolk Admirals team that won the AHL’s Calder Cup in 2012.

Other than his teammate Keith Aulie, there are very few players on the Bolts that are willing step in and drop the gloves when the opponent starts in on one of our key players and can actually come out on top. However, Pierre-Cedric Labrie is one of those players.

Labrie is a solid, hard hitting, dependable forward who play and scoring potential has doubled over the last two seasons.

This is a signing that I am truly happy to see come to pass. As are many fans in the Bolts Nation, I am sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for the 2013-14 season to start.

I think I speak for everyone when I say, “Is it October yet?”

What do you think of Yzerman’s decision to re-sign Pierre Cedric Labrie? What kind of impact do you think he will have on the Lightning next season as the team moves into a new, much harder hitting division? Sound off in the comments below and let us know what you think.

 

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