WINNIPEG, CANADA - APRIL 7: Teddy Purcell #16 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates a goal against the Winnipeg Jets in NHL action at the MTS Centre on April 7, 2012 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

Extension for Purcell

Lightning forward Teddy Purcell received some welcoming news Tuesday afternoon. Purcell has been given a 3 year contract extension worth $4.5 million per year that will extend from the 2013-14 season to the 2015-16 season. Purcell’s current contract still has one year remaining on it, in which he will earn $2.375 million. This past season, Purcell scored 24 goals and added 41 assists, giving him a total of 65 points on the year. Purcell also added a hat trick, along with the OT game winner, in the final game of the 2011-2012 season against Winnipeg. For the past two seasons, Purcell has given the Lightning reliable secondary scoring, playing along side the big three of St. Louis, Stamkos, and Lecavalier. Purcell is both excited and relieved with his contract extension.

I’m happy and relieved to know that I’ll be in Tampa Bay for the next four years. We had been talking about it, and I appreciate the faith that Mr. Yzerman and everyone in the organization has in me that allowed for this deal to get done. … After getting a taste of the playoffs in 2011, I’m looking forward to getting back there. I know the expectations of not only myself, but the team as well are going to be high this season, and obviously the ultimate goal we’re all after is winning a Stanley Cup, so hopefully we’ll get that chance. – Teddy Purcell

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