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Panthers get Santorelli from Nashville

Thursday, 08.05.2010 / 1:31 PM / 2010 Offseason News
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Panthers get Santorelli from Nashville
The Florida Panthers acquired restricted free-agent forward Michael Santorelli from the Nashville Predators on Thursday in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft.

Santorelli, 24, had 2 goals and 1 assist in 25 games, plus three shootout goals, for the Predators in 2009-10 after going scoreless in a seven-game call-up in 2008-09. He put up 26 goals and 59 points in 57 games for the Predators' AHL farm team in Milwaukee in '09-10 after a 70-point performance in the previous season.

Santorelli was Nashville's sixth-round pick (No. 178) in the 2004 Entry Draft.

The Predators now have nine selections in next summer’s Entry Draft. In addition to Florida's pick, and seven picks of its own, Nashville acquired a second-round pick from New Jersey in June in a deal that sent Jason Arnott to the Devils.

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It is really special. I had a lot of friends and family here tonight, and for my first [NHL] game in here it was great. I played here as an elementary-school player in the city championships and this was my first time back. It was a lot of fun..

— Toronto native Brandon Pirri after scoring 2 goals for Panthers in win at Maple Leafs on Thursday