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With Nate Thompson sidelined, Ducks sign center Mike Santorelli

With Nate Thompson sidelined, Ducks sign center Mike Santorelli
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mike Santorelli celebrates against the Kings in December.
(Nathan Denette / Associated Press / The Canadian Press)

With center Nate Thompson possibly sidelined through January following off-season shoulder surgery, the Ducks on Monday signed center Mike Santorelli to a one-year, $875,000 contract.

Santorelli, 29, has played in 336 NHL games and split the 2014-15 season with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Nashville Predators, finishing with 12 goals and 33 points.

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A sixth-round pick in 2004, Santorelli has also played for Florida, Winnipeg and Vancouver. He scored a career-best 20 goals and 41 points with the Panthers in 2010-11.

Thompson was injured in the regular-season finale in Arizona, but he endured the discomfort of two tears in the labrum of his left shoulder to help push the Ducks to Game 7 of the Western Conference finals against eventual Stanley Cup-champion Chicago.

The Ducks' other lines are expected to be centered by Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler and Rickard Rakell this season. Training camp begins next month.

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