Veteran forward Teddy Purcell, invited to Bruins training camp on a professional tryout, has his share of his connections to New England. A one-year standout at the University of Maine, developed with the Manchester Monarchs (the then-AHL affiliate of the Kings) from 2007 to 2009, and a rival of the Bruins during his five-season run with the Lightning and a near point-per-game player in an 18-game playoff run that the Bruins ended in Game 7 of the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, Purcell clearly knows the area, and knows it well. But none of those connections directly link him back to the Bruins. In fact, his lone connection to the region's lone NHL team (rest in peace, Whalers and your weird mall arena) was actually developed earlier this week when he successfully got Torey Krug’s cell phone number from ex-Bruin Milan Lucic. So, why Boston? "Just from looking at the roster, and kind of the right side and kind of wherever they wanna put me, I felt comfortable here,” Purcell, who had camp invites from other NHL teams and contract offers from some of the European leagues, said. “And you sometimes you just have to go with your gut, and that’s what I did.” A 32-year-old that’s bounced between the Oilers, Panthers, and Kings over the last two seasons, Purcell clearly believes that he can provide the boost needed in the event that the Bruins’ rookies fail to grab the countless NHL roster spots in front of them. “I didn’t know I was coming here until a couple of days ago, and as an older guy you don’t really know a whole lot about the younger guys coming up,” Purcell noted. “But from what I’ve heard, there’s a lot of good players there, and they’re going to be hungry coming in for spots, and management probably knows them better than they know me.
Bruins invite veteran Teddy Purcell to camp on PTO
WEEI Boston | Sep 15