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Casey Wellman shipped to Panthers for draft pick

Minnesota Wild NHL hockey player Casey Wellman shown

Minnesota Wild NHL hockey player Casey Wellman shown Friday, Sept. 16, 2011 in Bloomington, Minn. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien) (Credit: AP)

Casey Wellman, a center/right wing who was acquired from Minnesota along with a 2013 seventh round draft pick last February in exhange for Erik Christensen, has been traded to the Panthers for a fifth rounder in the 2014 draft.

Wellman, 24, was 9-13-22 in 31 games and 4-5-9 in nine playoff games for the Connecticut  Whale.  He was a restricted free agent, with last year's two-way contract paying him $67,500 in the minor-leagues and $850,000 in the NHL.

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