The LA Kings have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent forward Teddy Purcell on a one-year contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
The 30-year-old Purcell (born September 8, 1985) is a 6-2, 195-pound native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, and he appeared in 76 regular season games with Florida and Edmonton last season (14-29=43, 12 PIM, 16:50 TOI).
Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Kings in 2007 (April 27, 2007) after one season at the University of Maine (NCAA), Purcell has played nine seasons in the NHL – with Florida, Edmonton, Tampa Bay and Los Angeles. In 559 career regular season games he has 305 points (101-204=305) and 102 penalty minutes. Twenty-eight of his 101 career NHL goals have been scored on the power-play.
In 28 career Stanley Cup playoff games, Purcell has 20 points (9-11=20) and two penalty minutes.
Purcell made his Kings/NHL debut on January 15, 2008, at Edmonton, and he scored his first career Kings/NHL goal on February 15, 2008 vs. Calgary. In 91 career regular season games with the Kings from 2007-10, he totaled 25 points (8-17=25) and eight penalty minutes.
Purcell has scored 10-plus goals in each of his last six NHL seasons (2010-11 through 2015-16), and he recorded career highs in goals (24) and points (65) with Tampa Bay during the 2011-12 campaign.
Purcell made his pro debut with the Manchester Monarchs (the Kings AHL franchise at that time) in 2007-08. He scored 25 goals and 83 points (25-58=83) during a rookie season that included an appearance in the AHL’s All-Star game. Additionally, he was awarded the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as the AHL's top rookie that same year.
Purcell made the All-Hockey East Rookie Team in 2006-07 after scoring 43 points (16-27=43) in 40