Teddy Purcell agrees to new two-year contract before salary arbitration

TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning and Teddy Purcell avoided salary arbitration on Wednesday by agreeing to a two-year contract before their scheduled hearing.

Terms of the deal weren’t immediately available.

The two sides were scheduled to go before an arbitrator in Toronto at 9 a.m., but made a deal on their own ahead of time.

“We were happy to get Teddy signed this morning for the next two seasons,” said Lightning GM Steve Yzerman.

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Purcell is coming off his first full NHL season. He had 17 goals and 51 points in 81 games for the Lightning while earning $750,000.

In 191 career games with Los Angeles and Tampa, he has 28 goals and 85 points.