Purcell was released from his professional tryout agreement with Boston on Monday. Though the University of Maine product struggled mightily last season -- suiting up in just 12 games and recording two assists for Los Angeles -- he's proven to be a talented scorer in the past, including a 24-goal, 65-point 2011-12 campaign. Purcell had a strong camp with Boston but couldn't beat out enough of the Bruins' young wingers to win a roster spot. At the very least, Purcell will likely spend 2017-18 in the AHL or overseas.
Purcell will attend Boston's training camp on a professional tryout agreement, Joe Haggerty of CSN New England reports. Purcell was a non-factor in limited action with the Kings last season, notching two assists in 12 games. The 32-year-old winger is nothing more than an organizational depth option for NHL clubs at this point in his career, so even if he's able to score a one-year deal with the Bruins in camp, he won't be relevant in fantasy circles in 2017-18.
Purcell cleared waivers and has been assigned to AHL Ontario, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports. Apparently no other team in the league was in need of Purcell's services and so he will remain with the Kings' organization for now. The 31-year-old winger hasn't found his niche in Los Angeles just yet and likely won't get the chance until at least one of his teammates gets injured.
The Kings waived Purcell on Saturday, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reports. Purcell has been a healthy scratch for the Kings' last four games, so this move doesn't come as much of a surprise. It remains to be seen whether the veteran winger will be willing to report to AHL Ontario if he isn't claimed by another NHL club off waivers.
Purcell registered his first point of the season -- an assist -- during Friday's loss to Ottawa. Purcell has been limited to just seven games this season after missing time with an illness, so his point drought wasn't that long. However, the Kings are far from an offensive juggernaut (2.4 goals per game), and Purcell is likely past his prime. He's best left to deep leagues and viewed as a contrarian flier most nights in daily contests.
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