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Pierre-Cedric Labrie

Bolts waive tough guy Labrie

Tampa Bay has put enforcer Pierre-Cedric Labrie on waivers, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Labrie, 27, has appeared in 13 games for the Bolts this year, going pointless while racking up 20 PIM with a minus-4 rating. His waiving comes as fellow forward Ryan Malone appears ready to be activated from IR, according to the Tampa Bay Times, meaning Labrie will be off to AHL Syracuse should he clear.

An undrafted free agent signing, Labrie — a big body, at 6-foot-3, 234 pounds — has appeared in 46 NHL contests, all with Tampa Bay.

Bolts have ‘lots of concern’ about Brewer injury

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Tampa defenseman Eric Brewer was a late scratch from Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to Columbus, and it appears his ailment could keep him out for more than just one game.

“He tweaked something, so we’ll see,” Lightning head coach Jon Cooper told the Tampa Tribune.

When asked if there was concern about Brewer missing more than just the Jackets game, Cooper replied “yes, there’s lots of concern.”

Brewer, 34, had appeared in every game for Tampa Bay prior to last night, notching five assists while averaging 16:25 TOI per game.

While his minutes have decreased notably since last season — he averaged 20:31 during the lockout-shortened campaign — Brewer remains a veteran leader on the team and is one of the few Lightning players to have served as a NHL captain (he wore the “C” in St. Louis for three seasons.)

The Lightning said Brewer will be reevaluated prior to Thursday’s game against Ottawa. Should he be unable to go, Brewer would join a huge list of injured Bolts players, one that includes Radko Gudas (upper body), Ryan Malone (fractured ankle), Steven Stamkos (broken leg), Tom Pyatt (broken collarbone) and Pierre-Cedric Labrie (arm).


First Flyers-Lightning game has potential for fireworks

Zac Rinaldo #36 of the Philadelphia Flyers and B.J. Crombeen #19 of the Tampa Bay Lightning fight in the first period on February 5, 2013 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
(February 4, 2013 - Source: Elsa/Getty Images North America)

Circle Wednesday, Nov. 27 on your calendars.

That will mark the first matchup of the season between the Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning, two teams that — despite not having a great traditional rivalry — could produce one of the most heated battles this year.

A few things to keep an eye on for the 27th, when the two teams meet at Tampa Bay Times forum…

Vinny comes home

Heading in, there’ll be plenty of emotion regarding the return of longtime Bolts captain Vincent Lecavalier.

Bought out of his 11-year, $85 million deal in July, Lecavalier — the Lightning’s all-time leader in games played (1,037), goals (383), power play goals (112) and game-winning goals (60) — quickly signed with Philadelphia, saying he wanted to play in a passionate hockey market and preferred playing the Flyers’ style as opposed to “staying on your heels.”

Those quips aside, Tampa’s response should be overwhelmingly positive.

Lecavalier was a beloved figure in the area and was known for his community involvement — in 2007, he pledged $3 million to a pediatric cancer center (that bears his name) at the All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg.

The Rinaldo thing

Saying the Lightning dislike Zac Rinaldo is putting it lightly.

The Flyers forward was a thorn in the Bolts’ side throughout last season — cold-cocking BJ Crombeen in a fight, taking out both Victor Hedman and Ryan Malone — which led to Tampa players suggesting retribution is in order.

“Obviously, when he’s hurting guys, you want him to be accountable for his actions,” Crombeen told the Tampa Bay Times. “There’s always a time and place, and it will come.

“You just have to wait for it.”

Crombeen’s sentiment was echoed by Lightning winger Pierre-Cedric Labrie.

“Sometimes [Rinaldo] just doesn’t think,” he explained. “At some point he has to pay for his bad behavior.”

In case you’re unaware of Rinaldo’s history with the Lightning, let’s go to the video.

First, here’s the incident with Crombeen from Feb. 5:

Both combatants had distinctly different views on the fight.

“Typically when I’ve gotten into fights with guys in that position, you stop throwing,” Crombeen said after the game. “I mean, guys fight different ways, so I’m not really going to say if it was dirty or not.”

When asked about the scrap, Rinaldo said he finished it properly.

“I hit him until he was down,” he told reporters. “I’m not going to hit nobody no matter who they are or what they done, I’ll never hit someone when they’re down. I hit him until he was down. I made sure he was down and that was it.

“I kind of felt bad in case I didn’t stop myself, but I’m pretty sure I did.”

Then — on Mar. 18, when the Bolts beat the Flyers 4-2 in Tampa — Rinaldo landed big hits on Hedman and Malone, with the latter ending up on injured reserve (shoulder).

Here’s the hit in question:

On Wednesday, Malone addressed the hit in a rather cryptic fashion.

“I don’t need to elaborate on that,” Malone told the Tampa Bay Times. “It all works itself out later.”

Other stuff

— The Flyers and Lightning were engaged in the infamous “trap game” of 2011.

— The Lightning pried Matt Carle away from Philadelphia during last year’s free agent period.

Nacho, nacho man: Lightning re-sign Labrie to one-year deal

Pierre-Cedric Labrie

Tampa Bay did a bit of housekeeping today and they’re keeping one of their tougher customers around.

Pierre-Cedric Labrie (aka: Nacho Labrie) re-signed with the team on a one-year, one-way deal.

Last season, Labrie played 19 games with the Lightning and had two goals and an assist to go with 30 penalty minutes. At 6’2″ 200-pounds, he tends to play even bigger than his size and functions as a rough customer.

He also talks a bit of a tough game as he did earlier this season when speaking about getting revenge on Philly’s Zac Rinaldo.

Oh yeah, and if you don’t understand the post title, you’ve got some Simpsons studying to do. That’s a paddlin’.

Lightning’s Crombeen cross-checks Canes’ Gleason from behind


Earlier this month, the Tampa Bay Lightning signed B.J. Crombeen to a two-year contract extension. If his recent behavior is any indication, he could make a lot of enemies in that time period.

The 27-year-old might hear from the NHL after this cross-check from behind on Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason from Sunday’s 3-2 Canes win (GIF via SBNation.com):



Gleason was helped off the ice after that hit, which happened late in the game. Pierre-Cedric Labrie received a cross-checking penalty, but Crombeen went unpunished.

Earlier in the night, Crombeen fought Nicolas Blanchard, so it’s pretty safe to say that he’s not a particularly popular guy in Carolina: