Leafs ink Mike Santorelli to one-year deal

Centre Mike Santorelli joined the Leafs on Thursday, signing a $1.5-million contract. He scored 28...

Centre Mike Santorelli joined the Leafs on Thursday, signing a $1.5-million contract. He scored 28 points in 49 games with the Canucks last year. (Darren Makowichuk/QMI Agency)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:34 AM ET

TORONTO - The Maple Leafs, who lost Mats Sundin to the Vancouver Canucks for nothing a few years ago, are now getting a centre back for free.

But don’t expect Mike Santorelli to break any franchise scoring records. In fact, his place on the depth chart is a mystery after Toronto signed him to a one-year, $1.5-million contract. The move came a few hours after Finnish centre Petri Kontiola was lured from the KHL for a one-year contract.

But UFA Santorelli has much more NHL experience, though hampered by a season-ending shoulder injury when he was in the midst of a great year with the hometown Canucks.

The 6-foot Santorelli was a late draft pick of the Predators in 2004 and spent time there, in Florida and with Winnipeg before the Canucks signed him a year ago. Santorelli, who had 28 points in 49 games this season, scored 20 in Florida in 2011-12. But through more than 250 NHL games, he has seen no playoff action.


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