Lightning, Purcell Avoid Arbitration; Agree on Terms

The Tampa Bay Lightning have tweeted that forward Ted Purcell has agreed to a two-year, $4.725M contract, avoiding a scheduled arbitration hearing earlier today. The 25 year old winger, who enjoyed a breakout season last year with the Lightning, will be an unrestricted free agent at the expiration of the two-year deal. Purcell tallied 17 goals and 51 points during 81 regular season games, but was major part of the Lightning's 2010-11 post season success by scoring 6 goals and 11 assists in 18 playoff games.

From the Lightning's official press release:

"We were happy to get Teddy signed this morning for the next two seasons,” Yzerman said. “He had a good year in 2010-11, his first full season in the NHL, and we look forward to seeing him continue to grow as a contributor for the Tampa Bay Lightning.”

“I would like to thank Steve and the rest of the organization for this opportunity,” Purcell said. “I’m looking forward to being part of this team for the next two years and beyond as we try and build on last year’s success.”

The undrafted Purcell was acquired by the Lightning from the Los Angeles Kings at the 2010 trade deadline with a third round pick in exchange for center Jeff Halpern. With today's signing, the rosters for both the Lightning and their AHL affiliate Norfolk Admirals appears to be secured for the start of the 2011-12 season.