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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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I'm very excited about what happened today. We've worked on this deal with Toronto for a month, or over a month. It got a little bit of legs on draft day, but it really heated up last night, and we were able to complete the deal today.

— Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on Phil Kessel, who he acquired from the Maple Leafs in a trade on Wednesday
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