Purcell signed a one-year, $1.6 million contract with the Kings on Friday, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports. Purcell was a member of the Oilers for most of the 2015-16 campaign, tallying 32 points (11 goals, 21 assists) over 61 games, before he was dealt to Florida in February, where he added 11 points (three goals, eight assists) over 15 games with the Panthers. The Kings aren't very deep at forward, so Purcell could conceivably slot into a top-six role with his new club in 2016-17.
Purcell wants to return to the Panthers next season, George Richards of The Miami Herald reports. With free agency upon him, Purcell is looking to lock in a spot with the Panthers in the upcoming 2016-17 season. The 30-year-old right winger was traded from the Oilers for a third-round pick in 2016 in late February. He tallied 30 points (10 goals, 20 assists) this season.
Purcell scored a goal and added an assist in 12:54 of ice time in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Hurricanes. Purcell put home the opening goal of the game on a perfectly executed three-on-two where he put home a pass from Jiri Hudler. The 30-year-old finishes the season with 14 goals and 28 assists. He'll be an important piece for the Panthers as they will look to make a deep playoff run.
Purcell handed out a pair of power-play assists in 12:34 of ice time, contributing to Tuesday's 4-1 win over Montreal. Florida continues to treat Purcell well -- he now has nine points in 13 games with the Panthers, including three helpers in the last two games despite the fact that he didn't put a shot on goal in either. He's still skating third-line minutes, but Purcell's seeing enough power-play time to be an interesting low-cost play in daily formats in Florida's two remaining regular-season games -- not to mention the postseason to come.
Purcell scored his first goal since coming over to the Panthers into an empty net Thursday against the Leafs. Well, it's not exciting, but Purcell does have three points in four games with Florida. He's on a third line with some scoring punch alongside Nick Bjugstad and fellow trade-deadline pickup Jiri Hudler, and that group could provide some under-the-radar fantasy value down the stretch.
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