Hutchings, Alex

Bolts Qualify Just Three Players

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.

Players receiving receiving qualifying offers include defenseman Mark Barberio and forwards J.T. Brown and Dan Sexton.

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.

Players who will not receive qualifying offers are left wing Alex Hutchings, defenseman Brendan Mikkelson and left wing Benoit Pouliot.

ECHL Game Night: 3-30-13

Florida Everblades 6 vs. Orlando Solar Bears 3

W Alex Hutchings, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 40 GP, 14-20-34, E, 30 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 2 SOG, 2 PIM (slashing)
Season totals: 50 GP, 4-12-16, +6, 31 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 5 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 43 GP, 2-6-8, +5, 56 PIM

D Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 31 GP, 14-9-3, 3.02 GAA, 797 S / 882 SA (.904 SV%)

Florida, which struck first and rattled off six of the game's first seven goals, swept the four-game series with Orlando to conclude the regular season in convincing fashion. At the end of the evening, the Everblades again found themselves tied in points with Gwinnett for the South Division title and the third-seed in the pending playoffs but the Gladiators hold the tiebreaker so Florida instead takes the fourth-seed and is slotted to face Elmira in the first-round. Jesse Decker stopped 25 of 28 shots to backstop the Everblades to yet another victory with him in net. Deckert finishes his brief regular season 9-1-1 with a team-best 2.40 GAA and .916 SV%. Dan Milan (scratch), Alex Hutchings (AHL) and Pat Nagle (AHL) were again inactive. Florida and Elmira are scheduled to begin quarterfinals action Friday night.

Official Recap | Box Score

ECHL Game Night: 3-29-13

Florida Everblades 5 vs. Orlando Solar Bears 1

W Alex Hutchings, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 40 GP, 14-20-34, E, 30 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 1 SOG, 2 PIM (slashing)
Season totals: 50 GP, 4-12-16, +6, 31 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 5 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 43 GP, 2-6-8, +5, 56 PIM

D Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 31 GP, 14-9-3, 3.02 GAA, 797 S / 882 SA (.904 SV%)

Florida struck twice in the first period and three more times in the final frame before Orlando was able to muster a single goal of its own en route to a decisive and fourth-straight victory. The win pushed the Everblades into a first-place tie with Gwinnett for the the South Division crown and the current fourth-seed spot in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. Gwinnett holds the tiebreaker while both clubs have just a single game remaining, so only an Everblades victory and a Gladiators loss will see Florida take the South Division title and thereby the third-seed for the upcoming playoffs. Jesse Deckert stopped 28 of 29 Solar Bears shots to improve his record to an impressive 8-1-1. Deckert also boasts a team-best 2.34 GAA and .918 SV%. Dan Milan was a scratch while Alex Hutchings and Pat Nagle remain with AHL Syracuse. Florida (38-22-11, 87 PTS) closes its regular season at home against Orlando (28-36-7, 63 PTS) Saturday night.

Official Recap | Box Score

ECHL Game Night: 3-26-13

Florida Everblades 8 @ Orlando Solar Bears 3

W Alex Hutchings, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 40 GP, 14-20-34, E, 30 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 1 SOG, 2 PIM (slashing)
Season totals: 46 GP, 4-12-16, +4, 27 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 5 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 43 GP, 2-6-8, +5, 56 PIM

D Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 31 GP, 14-9-3, 3.02 GAA, 787 S / 882 SA (.904 SV%)

Florida fell behind 1-0 early in the first period before rattling off four consecutive goals over the next nearly 40:00 of action, then outscored their hosts 4-2 in what time remained. The win helped the Everblades cushion their hold on second-place in the South Division and their current fifth-seed spot in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. Florida now has a three-point lead with only a game in hand on South Carolina, so the combination of an Everblades win and a Road Warriors loss will ensure Florida doesn't lose any ground. Jesse Deckert, who stopped 22 of 25 shots in the match, bumped his record to 6-1-1. Not bad for a guy signed to a try-out contract. Dan Milan, who was out of the lineup the past few games, returned to action. Alex Hutchings and Pat Nagle remain with AHL Syracuse. Florida (36-22-11, 83 PTS), with just three games remaining in the regular season, will stick around to hit the Amway Center ice against Orlando (27-34-7, 61 PTS) again Wednesday night.

Official Recap | Box Score

ECHL Game Night: 3-23-13

Florida Everblades 5 vs. Cincinnati Cyclones 1

W Alex Hutchings, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 40 GP, 14-20-34, E, 30 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-1-1, +3, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 4-12-16, +4, 27 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 5 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 42 GP, 2-6-8, +5, 56 PIM

D Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 31 GP, 14-9-3, 3.02 GAA, 787 S / 882 SA (.904 SV%)

Florida, which entered the second period trailing 1-0 after Cincinnati notched a power play late in the initial frame, rallied with back-to-back shorthanded goals by Rocco Carzo and tacked on three more goals to clinch a playoff spot and move back into second-place in the South Division. The Everblades hold a one-point lead over Greenville and South Carolina with games in hand on both. After getting shelled the night before, Jesse Deckert returned to previous form, earning his fifth win in seven appearances by stopping 23 of 24 Cyclones shots. Charles Landry, who had the primary helper Florida's first goal, was again the Lightning's lone prospect in the lineup with Dan Milan inactive and both Alex Hutchings and Pat Nagle up with AHL Syracuse. Florida (35-22-11, 81 PTS) will now close out its regular season with four-game, home-and-home series Orlando (27-33-7, 61 PTS) beginning Tuesday in Orlando.

Official Recap | Box Score

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