Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/27/14
Teddy Purcell has come full circle after being traded to the Edmonton Oilers, seven years after his first NHL game at Rexall Place. He was a deer in the headlights back then. “I got called up from (Los Angeles AHL farm team) Manchester, was in the airport all day, got delayed and didn’t get to Edmonton until about one o’clock the night before. I didn’t know if I’d even play, but first shift I got a two-on-one with Rob Blake. It was all a blur,” said Purcell, who was acquired June 29 from the Tampa Bay Lightning, in a three-way deal that included the Arizona Coyotes, who landed centre Sam Gagner from Edmonton. “Even as I look back, I’m still nervous. Where did the puck go? I passed it to Blake, but off his skate. Looking back, I should have shot.” Purcell said he get yelled at a lot for not firing the puck more often — he recorded 156 shots in 80 games last season — “but there are lots of guys here who can make plays, so I’ll shoot more.” For the record, Purcell has taken 776 shots in 400 career NHL games — he’s no Taylor Hall, for example, who has fired 797 in 246 games. Think Ales Hemsky, only bigger. Purcell is in town with free-agent signees Benoit Pouliot, Mark Fayne and Keith Aulie getting the lay of the land here. The group had dinner with Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish and the coaching staff Monday night, went to the rink Tuesday morning, looked at some housing properties and may fit in a round of golf.
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