Purcell surprised, happy to be in Tampa Bay

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It’s always interesting the day after the trade deadline to hear players’ reactions to being traded, both in how they feel about moving and about how they found out. Sometimes a player is told ahead of time that he’s most likely going to get traded, but in the case of former-LA Kings forward Teddy Purcell, he was caught completely off guard.

“When we saw the report the Kings had picked up Halpern, we assumed it
was for a draft pick, then they came back a few minutes later saying
they had more info on the trade and that I was traded,” Purcell said
after the Lightning’s morning skate Thursday in Washington. “It was a
little strange. It’s the first time I’ve ever been traded, and it was a
little awkward at first being there with all the guys. But then we
started joking about it and had a good laugh.”

It’s not completely surprising that the Kings would trade with Tampa Bay for a veteran forward as they prepare for the playoffs, but it is surprising that they gave up Purcell in the process. Purcell has had a bit of a slow start with the Kings (8-17-25 in 91 games) but he’s been a menace in the AHL and he’s a 24 year old with nothing but potential.

And now it seems that Purcell may have a chance to play on a line with Vincent Lecavalier and Ryan Malone, a nice turnaround for the young forward. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay traded away a veteran but one that’s had injury issues the past two seasons.

I can imagine the Lightning’s side of the conversation getting the deal done:

“Hmm…Halpern? Well, we’d like a 2nd rounder at least”

“Well, we’d go with a lower pick but we need another player as well.”

“Purcell? Why uhh…..I guess that’s okay. AND a third rounder? Tough bargain, but deal.”

Hangs up phone…

“Suckers.”