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Alexandre Daigle, the top overall pick in the 1993 NHL draft, was released by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"What we want to see is a certain amount of passion for the game on a consistent basis," Lightning general manager Rick Dudley said. "I'm not saying that's not there. It's just not there all the time."

Daigle, 24, was traded to Philadelphia in January 1998 and was moved to Tampa Bay last January. In 401 NHL games, Daigle has 92 goals and 123 assists. Last season, he scored nine goals in 63 games with the Flyers and the Lightning.

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