Originally posted on On the Duck Pond  |  Last updated 7/3/12
Free agency just begins on July 1.  It is not a one day affair.   Clubs are signing contracts with not only free agents, but also prospects of their own.  Anaheim is no different.

The Ducks added more defensive depth by signing Jordan Hendry and Matt Smaby to one year contracts. 

Smaby, 27, played in Syracuse last season (the Ducks former AHL affiliate).   He is a huge presence on the blue line at 6'6" and 227 pounds. 

Hendry, 28, has appeared in 129 career NHL games with Chicago and was a member of their Stanley Cup winning team in 2010.   Hendry split time last season between Chicago's AHL affiliate and HC Lugano of the Swiss Elite League.

The Ducks also inked last year's first round draft pick, Rickard Rakell, to a three year deal.  The entry level contract is a two way deal and worth $925,000 if he plays in the NHL.  It included a signing bonus of $92,500.   He will earn $70,000 if he is in the AHL.

“It gives you a little push for the summer training,” said Rakell, who is currently participating in the Ducks conditioning camp. ”You know you’re a little step closer. It feels great.”

The 19 year old Swedish winger played in the OHL last season and had 28 goals and 62 points.

“I got better at almost everything,” he said. ”My first year, I took a lot of responsibility and just tried to learn and do some other things right. My second year, I felt like I could take another step. Just be a great player offensively and defensively."

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