Former Halifax Mooseheads defenceman Alexandre Picard signed a multi-year contract extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning yesterday.


Picard, a former MVP of the Mooseheads, had three goals and three assists in 20 games with the Lightning after joining the team from the Philadelphia Flyers in a mid-season trade.


The 22-year-old has 28 points in 92 career NHL games.


“Picard played very well for us following his acquisition last season,” Lightning general manager Jay Feaster said in a release. “We look forward to his continued development into what we believe will be a top-four defenceman.”


It’s a one-way contract, meaning Picard is assured of at least the NHL’s minimum salary of $475,000 US, even if he is sent to the minors.

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