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Jeff Halpern traded to Los Angeles for RW Teddy Purcell and a 3rd round draft selection

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Lightning forward Jeff Halpern is on his way to the LA Kings on this deadline day.  Coming back from Los Angeles will be RW Teddy Purcell and a 2010 third round draft pick that was originally owned by the Florida Panthers

Purcell is a bit of a Brandon Bochenski variety forward, in that he is a star in the AHL and can't uite pass muster in the NHL.  Rudy Kelly from Battle of California explained:

 good offensive player that never really fit in LA.  He's a puck possession guy that likes to work along the sideboards and find holes in defensive coverage.  He's a former Rookie of the Year in the AHL but he's struggled to find the same space in the NHL.  He just seems a split-second too slow for the NHL; he'll see the lane or the opening and then make the play, but by then the opening's already closed.  He re-engineered his game this last off-season to become a grittier player but he seemed to lose his scoring touch as a result.  

We're still awaiting for an official press release from the team.  But being another RW (and comparable to Bochenski in that he excels in the AHL) I would not be surprised if this is to appease Norfolk, who has been robbed of two scoring RW's by Lightning, to aid their own playoff push.

The move removes $1.4 million from the Lightning cap number (trading Halpern's prorated $2 Million for Purcell's $600,000).