Los Angeles capped off a busy — if not unspectacular — opening day of free agency with perhaps its most significant signing of the bunch.
Purcell, 30, split last year between Edmonton and Florida, finishing with 14 goals and 43 points in 76 games. He produced reasonably well upon getting dealt to the Panthers at the deadline — 11 points in 15 regular season contests — and had two goals in the club’s opening-round playoff loss to the Islanders.
A former 24-goal, 65-point scorer, Purcell probably won’t hit those marks with the Kings, but should have a chance for some quality offensive opportunities. Forwards gone from last year’s team include Milan Lucic, Kris Versteeg and Vincent Lecavalier, and there’s no telling how Dustin Brown will respond to getting stripped of the captaincy this offseason.
In short, there are quite a few question marks up front for the Kings. That could be a positive for Purcell.
As mentioned above, the Purcell deal was one of many for Los Angeles today. The club also signed defensemen Zach Trotman and Tom Gilbert, checking forward Michael Latta and backup goalie Jeff Zatkoff.