|Not the Alexandre Picard from the Phoenix organization. Photo from theahl.com|
Picard has spent the better part of the past four seasons as a 6th/7th defenseman in the NHL, being a part of the Canadiens, Hurricanes, Senators, Lightning and Flyers organizations in his career. Picard's last stint in the AHL came back in the 2007-08 season, where he posted eight goals and 30 assists in 53 games with the Phantoms.
This has the look and feel of another depth signing on the blue line to replace the losses of Steve Wagner, Corey Potter and Andrew Hutchinson. Could Picard be in the AHL to start the 2011-12 season or is there a trade on the horizon to unseat one of the seven NHL defenseman currently on one-way contracts in Pittsburgh? Time will tell, but I have a feeling the latter might ring true.