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SportPanthers forward Frank Vatrano makes his own big trade: Gives No. 72 to incoming star for Rolex, free dinners

06:00  03 july  2019
06:00  03 july  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Panthers forward Frank Vatrano got a Rolex and year's worth of free dinners by trading No . 72 to incoming star Sergei Bobrovsky, who signed Monday. Florida Panthers forward Frank Vatrano could argue that to him the biggest trade on NHL free agent signing day didn’t involve players, draft

Get the latest updated stats for Florida Panthers center Frank Vatrano on ESPN.com. Frank Vatrano . # 72 C. 5' 9", 201 lbs. Florida Panthers . BornMar 14, 1994 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Age25.

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Florida Panthers forward Frank Vatrano could argue that to him the biggest trade on NHL free agent signing day didn’t involve players, draft picks or prospects.

The deal involved Vatrano giving up his No. 72 to newly-acquired goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

The Massachusetts native announced on Twitter that he received a Rolex watch and a year’s worth of free dinners from Bobrovsky in exchange for the No. 72. Negotiations were completed 30 minutes after Bobrovsky's free agent signing was announced.

Bobrovsky, 30, can afford to buy Vatrano a watch. His new deal with the Panthers is  $70 million over seven seasons.

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# 72 Florida Panthers . Frank Vatrano Ретвитнул(а) Florida Panthers . Glad to give up # 72 to @SergeiBobrovsky looks like I’m gunna have to make the change to #77. Well done on the trade !! #StickTap.

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.

And you thought the Jacob Trouba-to-the-Rangers swap was big. People, or at least Vatrano, will be talking about the number trade for years.

Vatrano, 25, has worn No. 72 throughout his four-season NHL career. He will switch to No. 77.

It is commonplace for lesser-known NHLers to give up numbers to incoming stars, and it also customary for the stars to offers some compensatory gesture for the courtesy.

Bobrovsky is one of nine players who wore No. 72 this season. The others: Andreas Athanasiou (Red Wings), Travis Boyd (Capitals), Thomas Chabot (Senators), Filip Chytil (Rangers), Tim Heed (Sharks), Patric Hornqvist (Penguins), Tage Thompson (Sabres) and Vatrano.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Panthers forward Frank Vatrano makes his own big trade: Gives No. 72 to incoming star for Rolex, free dinners

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