It was a semi-successful tryout in Anaheim for winger Rocco Grimaldi. The 29-year-old had a strong preseason for the Ducks with a goal and four assists in four games which has helped him earn a contract. However, it’s of the minor league variety as the team announced that Grimaldi has signed a contract with San Diego, Anaheim’s AHL affiliate.
In 2019-20, Grimaldi was a quality secondary scorer with Nashville, notching 10 goals with 21 assists in 66 games which helped him earn a two-year deal that summer, one that carries a $2MM price tag per season. However, the last two seasons didn’t go as well. He dropped to 13 points in 40 contests in 2020-21 and he spent most of last year in the minors with Milwaukee where he was quite productive with 26 goals and 26 assists in 44 games.
However, that performance wasn’t enough to land even a two-way deal in free agency this summer which forced him to go the tryout route with Anaheim. He still doesn’t come out of it with an NHL deal in tow but he’ll have a chance to play big minutes with the Gulls and perhaps play his way into an opportunity with the Ducks midseason if injuries arise.