Overnight and early this morning, the Ducks have been busy adding some depth. TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie reports (Twitter link) that they’ve signed defenseman Andy Welinski while PuckPedia adds (Twitter links) that they’ve also inked center Vinni Lettieri to a one-year pact and re-signed center Andrew Poturalski to a one-year pact.
Welinski returns to an organization that he has plenty of familiarity with having spent parts of four seasons with Anaheim in their system before signing with the Flyers as a free agent last summer. However, he only played with their AHL affiliate in Lehigh Valley, recording 21 points (8-13-21) in 42 games. The 27-year-old has 33 career games of NHL experience with Anaheim and will carry a cap hit of $750K.
As for Lettieri, he spent the last four years in the Rangers’ system and is coming off a strong performance with AHL Hartford last season where he had 25 goals and 22 assists in 61 games to lead the Wolf Pack in scoring. Despite that, he didn’t receive a recall to New York although he has 46 games of NHL experience under his belt from previous years. The 25-year-old will get $750K in the NHL and $425K in the minors.
Poturalski, meanwhile, had an injury-riddled first season in Anaheim’s system after coming over from Carolina last summer as he was limited to just 17 games with AHL San Diego where he had two goals and five assists. He was a top-end producer at that level in 2018-19 when he finished fifth in AHL scoring. The 26-year-old gets $700K in the NHL and $350K in the minors with a total guarantee on the deal of $425K.