Report: Panthers believed to be making 'strong push' for Oilers' Purcell

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Teddy Purcell could be heading back to Florida.

TSN's Bob McKenzie is reporting that the Florida Panthers - forever in the market for a scoring winger - are believed to be making a "strong push" to acquire Purcell from the Edmonton Oilers.

Though Purcell works out of a top six in Edmonton, he only loosely fits the description Panthers general manager Dale Tallon covets. Because while he's broken out a bit offensively flanking Taylor Hall and Leon Draisaitl, he hasn't scored more than 12 goals in a season since his career-best campaign in 2011-12 when he notched 24 goals and 65 points for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

McKenzie notes that the Los Angeles Kings also have interest in the 30-year-old right-winger, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer when his $4.5-million salary comes off the books.

Purcell's being held out of the Oilers' lineup for the second straight game, likely in anticipation of a deal.

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