It would seem as if the Lightning is preparing to make a shift in their dynamic. According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Tampa Bay Lightning has placed left wing enforcer Pierre-Cedric Labrie on waivers today.
Tampa Bay places P.LaBrie on Waivers.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) December 30, 2013
As much as I enjoy watching him personally, the move really comes as no surprise.
The 6’3, 234 pound enforcer has suited up for a total of 13 games with the Lightning this season. In those 13 games, he has yet to score a single point. What he does have is a Minus-4 rating and about 20 penalty minutes.
I will digress that Labrie is very valuable to the team when it comes to defending a player when someone makes a move on a star player or when things tend to go sideways. When it comes to dropping the gloves, he is essentially the go-to guy; however, with so many young players looking for a spot on the main roster, there is just not room for everyone.
Who would have thought that having too many NHL-ready forwards would actually be considered a problem?
This move comes on the heels of the news that the Lightning would be getting back left wing Ryan Malone off of injured reserve soon. According to the Tampa Bay Times, we may see Malone as soon as the Lightning’s upcoming road trip that starts on New Year’s Day against the Vancouver Canucks.