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Ducks Sign Vatrano to Three-Year Deal

The Anaheim Ducks have signed forward Frank Vatrano to a three-year contract.
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The Anaheim Ducks are making moves. 

In an effort to surround their skilled young core with some veteran depth, the Ducks dipped their toes into the free agent market on Wednesday, agreeing to terms with forward Frank Vatrano on a three-year contract worth an average annual value of $3.65 million. 

The details of the deal, which now ties Vatrano to Anaheim through the 2024-25 season, such as its salary structure or inclusion of any trade protection have yet to be released. 

Vatrano is coming off a terrific season that got even better once he was dealt to the New York Rangers at the 2022 trade deadline. In 22 games after arriving in the Big Apple, Vatrano racked up eight goals and five assists for 13 points while logging a tad over 15 minutes in ice time, continuing his strong play into the playoffs with an equally valuable five goals and eight assists for 13 points in 20 games. 

At 28 years old, Vatrano is in the midst of his prime and projects as the perfect middle-six winger who can provide versatile production and play up and down the lineup depending on the situation. His addition to the Rangers helped shore up their forward corps and spurred them to a surprise trip to the Eastern Conference Final. For a Ducks team that is young and looking to take another step, Vatrano seems like the quintessential add based on what Anaheim's needs happen to be. 

Worst case, Vatrano chips in 15 goals with solid two-way play for under $4 million per season. You can do a lot worse on the open market. 

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