On the day he was scheduled to have his arbitration hearing, and one day after restricted free-agent Steven Stamkos re-signed, forward Teddy Purcell, 25, reached a contract agreement with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday.
The contract, good for two years, is said to be worth $4.725-million, having Purcell earn $2.35-million in the first year of the contract and $2.375-million in the second. This contract comes in the wake of Purcell’s most career-defining season to date as he set career highs with the Lightning last season, scoring 17 goals and bringing in 51 points in 81 games. Purcell only made $700,000 for his performance last season.
Purcell, a native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, who went undrafted and signed with the Los Angeles Kings in 2007, told the CBC that he was glad to avoid arbitration and said the option to be able tosign for two years was a “nice compliment to get from the organization.”
Like Stamkos, this contract/raise is not only an incentive to improve performance but is something that has also already been earned, from perfomances put on last season by both players, there was no doubt both would receive a significant raise.
Lauri Korpikoski, like Purcell, also avoided his arbitration hearing on Wednesday. He signed a last minute deal with the Phoenix Coyotes.
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