Since taking over injured captain Vincent Lecavalier’s spot on the Lightning’s top line with Steven Stamkos and Marty St. Louis, St. John’s native Teddy Purcell has flourished. Following Tuesday’s game against the Ottawa Senators, Purcell had 20 points in 10 games. He has already set career highs in goals (19) and points (53) with 15 games remaining. — Associated Press file photo
The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed right winger and St. John’s native Teddy Purcell to a three-year contract extension, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
According to the Lightning website, the contract runs from 2013-14 to 2015-16.
Purcell, 26, will make $2.375 million this season, the last of his current contract. After that, when the extension kicks in, he will earn an average of $4.5 million per year.
Purcell skated in 81 games last season with the Lightning, recording 24 goals and 65 points to go along with 16 penalty minutes.
The website notes he set career highs in goals, assists (41), points, power-play goals (eight), game-winning goals (three) and plus/minus (+9).
The 6-foot-2, 201-pound forward ranked first on the Bolts for plus/minus, second for assists, and third for goals and points.
Purcell registered a Lightning season-high and career-best, 11-game point streak from Feb. 21 through March 8, tallying seven goals and 11 assists during the stretch. He also represented Canada at the IIHF World Championships, registering a goal and two points in eight games.
Purcell has appeared in 272 career NHL games with the Lightning and Los Angeles Kings, recording 52 goals and 150 points.