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Santorelli would sign with Canucks: agent

Mike Santorelli

Vancouver Canucks’ Mike Santorelli celebrates after scoring a goal against the Colorado Avalanche during first period NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)


Not even 30 years old, Mike Santorelli has already played for five NHL teams.

In fact, the 29-year-old has bounced around so much that he just finished his second stint with one of those teams, the Nashville Predators.

According to his agent, he’d consider a second stint with another of his former teams, the Vancouver Canucks, when he officially becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

“I’m sure he would -- he loved playing for his hometown team,” J.P. Barry told News 1130 Sports.

Santorelli, a Vancouver native, had 10 goals and 18 assists in 49 games for the Canucks in 2013-14. But despite “100 percent” wanting to stay in Vancouver, he signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Maple Leafs this past summer, as the Canucks lacked a roster spot for the versatile center.

The Canucks may have room now, however, as Brad Richardson and Shawn Matthias are both pending UFAs. And while Henrik Sedin, Nick Bonino, and Bo Horvat are all expected to play center next season, 23-year-old Linden Vey failed to prove he can be an effective, everyday NHL center this past season.

That’s not to say the Canucks will definitely have an interest in Santorelli, but if they can get him for a hometown discount, it may be something they consider.

Related: They were chanting Mike Santorelli’s name last night in Vancouver