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Purcell Gets 3-Year Extension

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed right wing Ted Purcell to a three-year contract extension, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. The contract runs from 2013-14 to 2015-16.

Purcell, 26, skated in 81 games last season with the Lightning, recording 24 goals and 65 points to go along with 16 penalty minutes. He set career highs in goals, assists (41), points, power-play goals (eight), game-winning goals (three) and plus/minus (+9). The 6-foot-2, 201-pound forward ranked first on the Bolts for plus/minus, second for assists, and third for goals and points. Purcell registered a Lightning season-high and career-best, 11-game point streak from February 21 through March 8, tallying seven goals and 11 assists during the stretch. He also represented Canada at the IIHF World Championships, registering a goal and two points in eight games.

A native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Purcell has appeared in 272 career NHL games with the Lightning and Los Angeles Kings, recording 52 goals and 150 points. He was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the period ending February 26, 2012, notching three goals and seven assists in four games. Purcell also netted his second career hat trick and posted a plus-four rating in the Lightning’s final game last year against the Winnipeg Jets on April 7.

Originally undrafted out of the University of Maine, Purcell was signed by Los Angeles as a free agent on April 27, 2007. He joined the Lightning after being acquired via trade from the Kings in exchange for center Jeff Halpern and a third-round selection at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft on March 3, 2010.