A week ago, Teddy Purcell was preparing himself for the possibility of being traded.
It turned out to be a case of good instincts.
Purcell is headed back to the Sunshine State after the Edmonton Oilers dealt him to the Florida Panthers earlier today in exchange for a third-round draft pick this June.
The 30-year-old right-winger from St. John’s had spent four-plus years on the other side of Florida as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning before a 2014 trade sent him to the Oilers.
Purcell had been a healthy scratch the last couple of games as the Oilers made sure he wouldn’t be hurt before Monday’s trade deadline, but he did dress for 61 games Edmonton this season, scoring 32 points while playing mainly on a line with Taylor Hall and Leon Draisaitl.
He brings valuable post-season experience to a Panthers team that leads the NHL’s Atlantic Division, but hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2012 and only once in the last 15 years. Purcell appeared in 22 playoff games with Tampa, scoring 18 points.
A pending unrestricted free agent, he’s in the last year of a three-year deal that paid hims $4.5 million annually.
Purcell was one of three players acquired today by the Panthers, who also traded for forward Juri Hudler from the Calgary Flames and defenceman Jakub Kindl from the Detroit Red Wings.