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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.

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.

2013 NHL Entry Draft: 7th Round, 186th Overall

Name: Joel Vermin
Position: Right Wing
Height: 5'11"
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

2013 NHL Entry Draft: 7th Round, 184th Overall

Name: Saku Salminen
Position: Center
Height: 6'3"
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

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