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Tampa Bay Lightning signs defenseman Mike Lundin and right wing Teddy Purcell

The Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday signed defenseman Mike Lundin and right wing Teddy Purcell to one-year, one-way contracts. Both were restricted free agents. Both signed for $750,000.

Has to be especially nice for Lundin to have a one-way deal. Kind of sends a message he will be with the team next season. I say especially for Lundin because of his history with the franchise. He was a nice story as a rookie as he earned a spot out of training camp for the 2007-08 season and played 81 games. Lundin, 25, spent most of 2008-09 in the minors. He finally stuck with the Lightning last season after his December call-up.

Still, you have to like this quote from Lundin: "No matter the team or who the GM is or the coach, a player like myself can never get truly comfortable. In this position, I have to continue to improve and perform or somebody else will be there who can do it and take my job. You can't relax." 

Purcell was acquired from the Kings last season in the Jeff Halpern deal. Purcell seemed to have some chemistry with Vinny Lecavalier, though he has to get stronger and learn how to finish his chances.

Here is the official announcement from the team:

The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed defenseman Mike Lundin and right wing Teddy Purcell to one-year contracts today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Lundin, 6-foot-2, 197 pounds, has played in 155 career games with the Lightning, recording three goals and 21 points.  He made the Lightning directly out of college at the University of Maine in 2007-08 and went on to represent Tampa Bay in the 2008 NHL YoungStars Game in Dallas.  That season he led all Lightning defensemen, second overall on the team, in plus-minus rating with a plus-3.

A native of Burnsville, Minnesota, Lundin appeared in 49 games with Tampa Bay last season, recording three goals and 13 points.  He set career highs for goals, assists, points, penalty minutes with 18, shots on goal with 42 and average time on ice with 21:56.  Lundin ranked second on the team, first among defensemen, in average ice time and was fourth on the team in blocked shots with 86.  He scored his first NHL goal on December 26 against Atlanta.  He also played in 27 games with the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League, recording two goals and 16 points with a plus-1 rating.  Despite playing a limited number of games, Lundin ranked fourth among Admirals defensemen in points.

Lundin, 25, played 160 games with Maine during his four-year career, recording 13 goals and 68 points.  He also tallied eight power-play goals.  During his senior year he played in all 40 games and scored six goals with a total of 20 points.  He tied for the team lead in goals by a defenseman and ranked second in points.  Lundin scored five power-play goals and ranked first on the team among defensemen, tied for sixth overall.  He set career highs for goals, points and power-play goals.

Selected by Tampa Bay in the fourth-round, 102nd overall, at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Lundin will be attending his third training camp with the Lightning.

Purcell, 6-foot-2, 198 pounds, has played in 110 career NHL games with Tampa Bay and the Los Angeles Kings. He has accumulated 11 goals and 34 points along with four power-play goals and two game-winning goals.  Last season Purcell played in 41 games with the Kings, amassing three goals and six points before being acquired by Tampa Bay on March 3. At the time of the trade, he ranked seventh on Los Angeles in takeaways and averaged 11:21 in ice time per game.

After joining the Lightning Purcell skated in 19 games, recording three goals and nine points.  He averaged 16:05 minutes per game, the highest of his career.

A native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Purcell has played in 105 career AHL games, all with the Manchester Monarchs, registering 41 goals and 121 points.  He also appeared in four Calder Cup Playoff games with Manchester in 2008, recording three assists.  Purcell is a two-time AHL All-Star, named to both the 2008 and 2009 squads. He was named most-valuable player of the game in 2008 after recording a hat trick in regulation and the game-deciding goal in the shootout.

Before turning pro, Purcell played one season with the University of Maine, notching 16 goals and 43 points in 40 games during the 2006-07 season.  In his one season he was named Hockey East Rookie of the Year as well as Inside College Hockey Rookie of the Year.  Before that he played two seasons with Cedar Rapids of the USHL, recording 39 goals and 138 points in 113 contests while winning the 2005 Clark Cup Championship.

Purcell was originally undrafted and was signed by the Kings as a free agent on April 27, 2010.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 5, 2010 12:15am]


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