The Edmonton Oilers were reportedly shopping forward Teddy Purcell as a trade deadline rental for teams around the NHL – and with just days until the deadline itself, it’s possible that Purcell is on his way out already.
James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail reported late on Thursday afternoon that Purcell was close to being dealt, and could possibly be a healthy scratch for the Oilers as they head into their upcoming game against the Los Angeles Kings tonight.
Purcell, undrafted at the NHL level, spent the majority of his NHL career with the Tampa Bay Lightning before getting dealt to Edmonton for Sam Gagner in the summer of 2015. The former Univesrity of Maine standout – who boasted 43 points in 40 games during his rookie NCAA season prior to getting signed to an entry level deal by the Los Angeles Kings – has contributed this year with 11 goals and 32 points in 61 games for Edmonton. He could fetch a second round pick, per Mirtle, but teams haven’t been as vocal about where he could be headed yet.
The Oilers and the Kings will see the puck drop tonight at 7:30 PM PST.
UPDATE (8:04 PM MT): Purcell has indeed been scratched by the Oilers ahead of tonight’s contest.
It’s worth noting that Purcell has not yet been traded by the team, according to Bob McKenzie.