After having a career year in 2011-12, Teddy Purcell is being rewarded by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The team announced they’ve signed Purcell to a three-year extension. He’s currently got one more year left on his current contract so his new deal will take him through the 2015-16 season. Renaud Lavoie from RDS reports the extension is worth $4.5 million per season, good for a total of $13.5 million.
Purcell finished last season with 24 goals and 41 assists for a career-high 65 points and has emerged as a solid complementary piece alongside Steve Stamkos and Martin St. Louis. Purcell was originally a member of the L.A. Kings but was traded in 2010 for Jeff Halpern. The Kings might want a do-over on that one as Purcell has evolved into a solid scorer and set-up man.
One of the men responsible for putting the Panthers back in the playoffs is getting rewarded for his efforts.
General Manager Dale Tallon signed a multi-year extension with the team today to continue his reign in South Florida. Tallon says he’s happy to stay in town and keep working on bringing the Panthers into respectability.
“I’m excited,” said Tallon Wednesday. “This is a great opportunity to keep the franchise on the right path. We had a good season and I just want to build on this past season the next couple of years.”
While Tallon assembled a team loaded with veterans to make their run into the playoffs this season, the future is very bright in Florida. According to prospect site Hockey’s Future, the Panthers have the top collection of prospects in the league. Being bad for a long time is only good if you can draft right and the Panthers appear to have done that. Tallon’s job might not be quite so hard in the years to come.
It’s good to be Shawn Thornton in Boston. He’s a cult hero thanks to his ability to stand up for his teammates and to hand opponents their lunch with his fists. Now he’ll get to keep being a fan favorite there for two more years.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that Thornton will sign a two-year extension, and CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty confirms that the deal is worth $2.2 million. That puts him on the books at a $1.1 million cap hit over that span. Thornton isn’t exactly an offensive weapon in Boston, but his work as an energy line player as well as keeper of the peace on the ice has made him invaluable to the Bruins.
Thornton was due to be an unrestricted free agent after this season, but with the way he’s ingratiated himself with the Bruins and Boston fans in general, there was no way he was leaving town. Getting a nice raise on top of the time commitment makes for a nice bonus.