Tampa Bay Lightning Re-Sign Teddy Purcell, Add B.J. Crombeen
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I wonder if Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman ever sleeps.
The offseason is a time for players to recover from the previous season and recharge for the upcoming season. Players take the time off to be with family, golf, travel or simply relax. That must not be the case for the front office.
Early Tuesday, Tampa Bay re-signed right-winger Teddy Purcell to a three-year deal that will lock him up through the 2015-16 season. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Purcell was entering the final season of a two-year deal and would have been an unrestricted free agent in 2013.
The 26-year-old set career highs in goals (24), assists (41) and points (65) last season. He was one of a few consistent fixtures in the Bolts lineup, playing in 81 of 82 games.
Purcell has 126 points in 181 career games with the Bolts and could be finding his stride as a top-six forward.
And Yzerman wasn't done dealing for the day.
Hours later, the Lightning announced they acquired hard-nosed forward B.J. Crombeen from St. Louis.
The Bolts sent their fourth-round picks in the 2013 and 2014 drafts to the Blues in exchange for Crombeen and a fifth-round pick in 2014.
Crombeen certainly won't be helping the Lightning score, but his physical play will be a welcomed addition.
The 27-year-old Denver native has been a part of five NHL seasons, playing in 288 games. He has 56 career points, but adds 580 penalty minutes.
Those penalty minutes, though, mean the Lightning will be on the penalty kill.
Tampa better hope its other defensive additions this offseason will help on the PK. Tampa was 26th in the league on the PK, killing 79.2 percent of its chances.
The Bay-area will welcome Crombeen with open arms as a protector of the team's stars like Steven Stamkos, Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis.
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