It’s deja vu all over again.
Much like last off-season, the Toronto Maple Leafs have picked up a capable forward from the Vancouver Canucks.
The Leafs signed versatile forward Mike Santorelli, an unrestricted free agent, Thursday to a one-year, $1.5-million deal, the Canadian Press reported.
In the 2013 off-season, the club picked up former Canuck Mason Raymond on a one-year deal that worked well for both parties.
Santorelli, 28, is a centre who can also play the wing. His deal with the Canucks ended on July 1 and negotiations on an extension with Vancouver fell apart.
The Vancouver native is coming off a season in which he scored 28 points in just 48 games for the Canucks and was a plus-9 on a non-playoff team. The only NHL season in which he was used for more than 60 games, Santorelli scored 20 goals for Florida.
In 257 career NHL games played for Vancouver, Florida and Nashville, Santorelli has 43 goals, 44 assists and 56 penalty minutes.
July 3, 2014