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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 / 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! 🤑🤑🤑

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.��

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 !!

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