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