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Burnaby's Mike Santorelli signs with Toronto Maple Leafs
Burnaby product Mike Santorelli has found himself a new home, signing a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs on the third day of the NHL's summer free agency period.
The Leafs also signed Finnish centre Petri Kontiola on Thursday, as the team tries to replenish the losses of another former Canuck, Mason Raymond, and winger Nikolai Kulemin. Both of them signed with other teams after July 1.
Santorelli heads to Toronto after something of a return to form last season, when he had 28 points in 49 games with his hometown Canucks. The centre missed the last 33 games of the season, however, with a season-ending shoulder injury.
In 257 NHL games, Santorelli has 43 goals and 87 assists split between Vancouver, Winnipeg, Florida, and Nashville.
His best season to-date came with the Panthers in 2011, when he had 20 goals and 41 points in 82 games.
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