So much for waiting for free agency. The Lightning announced that winger Teddy Purcell was signed to a three year contract extension today. He still has one year left on his current contract, so that means we’ll get to see #16 through 2016 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Purcell has continually improved during his time in Tampa, even having a career season last year. He had 24 goals, 41 assists and 65 points. These numbers completely surpassed any of his previous campaigns. His offensive prowess has become more consistent, as we all saw when he filled in on the top line with captain Vinny Lecavalier was injured. The chemistry that Teddy had with Steven Stamkos and Marty St. Louis was beautiful to watch.
“I felt like the past two seasons I’ve really played to my strengths, which have helped me become a full-time NHL player with Tampa Bay. I really don’t think there is a better fit for me and I still believe I can get better every day, so I’m looking forward to remaining with the Lightning and taking my game another step,” Purcell said. (Quote Source: Lightning Official Site)
According to RDS, the new contract is valued at $13.5 million with an annual cap hit of $4.5 million.
Tampa also got a lot tougher with the acquisition of right wing B.J. Crombeen from the St. Louis Blues. The Bolts sent 4th round picks in 2013 and 2014 in exchange for Crombeen and a 5th round pick.
Crombeen has played 288 NHL games with the Blues and the Dallas Stars logging 27 goals and 56 points with 580 penalty minutes. He may be known for dropping the gloves, but the newest Bolt has more aspects in his game.
“There’s a lot more that I bring than just muscle/ I really take pride in the defensive side of the game. I’ve shown in the past that I can contribute offensively, and then obviously there is the physical aspect so I try to play the game the proper way and constantly look to be a responsible two-way player,” Crombeen said. (Quote Source: Official Lightning Site)
You may also remember him from this Friday Fisticuffs.