Saturday, June 16, 2018
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Tampa Bay Lightning extends Teddy Purcell, acquires B.J. Crombeen

As good as Teddy Purcell felt Tuesday about signing a three-year, $13.5 million contract extension, the Lightning right wing said he understood the pressure to produce will be greater than ever.

General manager Steve Yzerman even said the organization will "expect (Purcell) to be better and will push him to be better."

"When they show that trust and faith in you, you want to show them they made the right decision," Purcell said. "It makes you that much more hungry."

The extension, which runs through 2015-16 and pays $4.5 million annually, begins after next season, the last on Purcell's current two-year, $4.725 million deal.

Tampa Bay also traded for tough-guy right wing B.J. Crombeen and a 2014 fifth-round draft pick, sending fourth-round picks in 2013 and '14 to the Blues.

Crombeen, who turned 27 Tuesday, missed half of last season with a fractured left shoulder sustained during preseason.

But the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder, who will make $1.05 million on a one-way contract, had seven goals and 14 points in 80 games in 2010-11 while averaging 12:47 of ice time. He also tied for sixth in the league with 17 fights. The Lightning had only 23 fights all last season, according to hockeyfights.com.

"He's tough, no question," general manager Steve Yzerman said. "He knows that role. He's an intelligent guy who knows what he has to do and when he has to do it. But mostly we like him because he competes hard. He has some skill. He's a legitimate player."

"When you first find out the news and you've been in a place for a few years it's always a little bit of a mixed bag of emotions," said Crombeen, who added his shoulder is healed. "At the same token I am really excited to start out with Tampa. Things are obviously going in the right direction."

But Purcell, 26, who could have been an unrestricted free agent after next season, is an emerging star, so locking him up has broader implications.

The Newfoundland native took a big step last season with career bests of 24 goals, eight power-play goals, 41 assists and 65 points. Imagine his numbers had he not gone 16 straight games without a goal from Nov. 9 though Dec. 12, a stretch that extended to just three goals in 27 games through Jan. 10.

"I want to be more of a go-to guy and be more consistent," Purcell said. "Hopefully, I'll take another big step."

He has the tools, including one of the league's best wrist shots. Yzerman also praised his puck-handling and "hockey sense."

"He knows the game," Yzerman said. "His play has elevated and it continues to get better and we think there's a lot more up potential. That's a reason we wanted to get him tied up for a few more years. We expect him to get better and we'll push him to get better."

DOAN WATCH: The Lightning is interested in Shane Doan, but it does not appear the unrestricted free agent has much interest in Tampa Bay.

"I've called and haven't gotten a call back, so I assume there's not an interest there," Yzerman said. That's all I can say."

Doan, 35, who has at least 20 goals and 50 points in 11 of his past 12 seasons, wants to stay with the Coyotes, but ownership issues might cause him to leave. The Penguins, Red Wings, Canucks and Sharks have been mentioned as possible destinations.

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