Lightning sign winger Picard

The Tampa Bay Lightning, parent club of the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals, have signed left wing Alexandre Picard to a one-year, two-way contract.

Picard, 6-foot-2, 206 pounds, played in 59 games with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League last season, recording 24 goals and 46 points. He led the Rampage in goals and power-play goals with 11, while ranking third in points.

Picard has played in 309 career AHL games with San Antonio and Syracuse, accumulating 105 goals and 207 points with 557 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in 19 career Calder Cup Playoff games, notching three goals and four points. Picard has also played in 67 career NHL games with Columbus, registering two assists.

A native of Les Saules, Que., Picard was drafted by Columbus in the first round, eighth overall, of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded from Columbus to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Chad Kolarik on Mar. 3, 2010.