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Florida Panthers trade forward Frank Vatrano to Rangers

Dec 30, 2021; Sunrise, Florida, USA; Florida Panthers center Frank Vatrano (77) celebrates after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at FLA Live Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida Panthers traded forward Frank Vatrano to the New York Rangers on Wednesday in exchange for a 2022 fourth-round draft pick.

Vatrano scored twice in Tuesday night’s 3-2 victory at San Jose, including the winning goal 1:11 into overtime. His first goal knotted the game early in the third period.

He has 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) through 49 games this season, the fifth time he has scored double-digit goals in a season.

Vatrano, who turned 28 on Monday, has 157 points (93 goals, 64 assists) in 379 career games with the Boston Bruins (2015-18) and Panthers. Boston traded him to Florida on Feb. 22, 2018 for a third-round pick in 2018.

The fourth-round pick Florida received in the deal will be the later of the two selections the Rangers have in that round, either their own or Winnipeg’s.

–Field Level Media