Ducks ink three

The Anaheim Ducks, parent club of the AHL’s Portland Pirates, announced Wednesday that they have signed left wing Jason King, free-agent left wing Dan LaCouture and defenseman Brett Skinner to one-year contracts.

King, 25, was an AHL All-Star in 2004-05, when he recorded career highs with 26 goals and 53 points in 59 AHL games with Manitoba. King tallied 77 goals and 72 assists for 149 points in 191 AHL games over four seasons with the Moose (2002-06), and 12 goals and 11 assists in 55 NHL contests with Vancouver.

A native of Corner Brook, Nfld., King spent the 2006-07 season in Sweden. He was acquired by the Ducks from Vancouver with a conditional third-round choice in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Ryan Shannon on June 23, 2007.

LaCouture spent most of the 2006-07 season in the AHL with Lowell, notching 11 points (8g, 3a) in 39 games. He also appeared in six NHL games with New Jersey last season.

The native of Hyannis, Mass., has skated in 326 career NHL games with Edmonton, Pittsburgh, the N.Y. Rangers, Boston and New Jersey, and 322 AHL contests with Lowell, Providence and Hamilton.

Skinner, 24, split the 2006-07 AHL season between Portland and Omaha, totaling six goals and 18 assists for 24 points in 62 games. A two-time national champion at the University of Denver (2004, 2005), Skinner has 49 points (10g, 39a) in 127 AHL matches over his first two professional season.

Skinner was acquired by Anaheim from Vancouver with a second-round choice in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for defensemen Keith Carney and Juha Alen on Mar. 9, 2006. He was originally drafted by the Canucks in the third round (68th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.