Van (Bieksa) - TB (Purcell)
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05-16-2013, 07:29 AM
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A very reasonable proposal from the OP. Well done.
That Purcell got a 3-year deal for $4.5m per last off-season should tell you what TB brass thinks about him. Purcell is only expendable because TB has a glut of NHL-ready or nearly-ready forward talent (Brown, Connolly, Johnson, Killorn, Palat, Panik) who have already seen big league ice as well as high-end prospects already or set to enter the pro ranks (Kucherov, Namestnikov, Richard) plus the possibility of adding another with the 2013 3rd overall draft pick. There's a logjam moving forward that will only be relieved by either vet players retire or are traded or prospects being shipped off or some combination of the two. That said, Purcell won't be moved unless there is an opportunity to address the team's position of weakness moving forward: defense.
As a defenseman capable of playing top-4 minutes, especially to pair alongside Carle, Bieksa certainly fits that need. He may not be the ideal acquisition, but I could see Yzerman being intrigued if he and Purcell were the basis for a trade.
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