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Bobrovsky acquires No. 72 from Vatrano for watch, season's worth of meals

Goalie received number shortly after signing seven-year contract with Panthers

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Sergei Bobrovsky signed with the Florida Panthers, and a short time later Frank Vatrano had a trade to announce.

The Florida Panthers forward tweeted that he'd traded his No. 72 to the newly signed goalie, and his newest teammate, for a Rolex watch and a year's worth of free dinners.

Tweet from @Frank_Vatrano: Glad to give up #72 to @SergeiBobrovsky looks like I���m gunna have to make the change to #77. Can���t wait for my new Rolex and and free dinner for the year! 🤑🤑🤑 https://t.co/e8C5SmiHX5

Vatarano, who has worn the number for his entire four-year NHL career with the Panthers and Boston Bruins, apparently worked out the terms with Bobrovsky shortly after the two-time Vezina Trophy winner signed a seven-year contract with the Panthers. Florida announced Bobrovsky's number less than a half-hour after announcing the signing. 

"I hope he likes Chipotle and McDonald's," Bobrovsky joked with NHL Network when talking about the free dinners for a year. 

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: We���ve got our man!Welcome to the next era of #FlaPanthers goaltending.�� https://t.co/TIfpXBlDL9 pic.twitter.com/Yd1KDiMDfs

Vatrano seems content with his new No. 77, but also playing with Bobrovsky. He wasn't alone. Fellow Florida forward Jonathan Huberdeau also voiced his excitement about the move.

Tweet from @JonnyHuby11: Hey @SergeiBobrovsky welcome to the Cats! Excited to have you with us ! Now you won���t have to deal with me In front of the net !! pic.twitter.com/q7q154P59f

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