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,â€ Yzerman said. â€œHe 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.â€
â€œI would like to thank Steve and the rest of the organization for this opportunity,â€ Purcell said. â€œIâ€™m looking forward to being part of this team for the next two years and beyond as we try and build on last yearâ€™s success.â€
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.