The Minnesota Wild have announced the signing of two forwards: Vinni Lettieri and Jake Lucchini. Each player signed a two-way deal with a $775k NHL cap hit. Lettieri’s deal is of a two-year term with a $500k AHL salary, while Lucchini’s is a one-year pact with a $300k AHL salary.
This is a significant investment by the Wild in their AHL affiliate, the Iowa Wild. Iowa had a middling season in 2022-23, losing in the AHL’s qualifying round. That led the Wild to part ways with their AHL head coach, Tim Army, and now has led to them signing two accomplished AHL scorers.
Lettieri, 28, is a local Minnesota product who was a four-year regular as a Minnesota Golden Gopher. He’s been a quality AHLer since his first full season in the league, and scored 49 points in 48 games for the Providence Bruins last season. He’ll likely be expected to be among Iowa’s top scorers, especially if top prospect Marco Rossi finally graduates and establishes himself as a full-time NHLer.
Lucchini, 28, is like Lettieri an established AHL top-six forward. He’s scored 104 points over the last two AHL campaigns and this past season earned 11 NHL games with the Ottawa Senators. They’ll each be among Iowa’s top scorers at the end of the season, most likely, and will also provide solid competition for depth lineup spots at Wild training camp.