Chris Kelly, fresh off his Olympic run as Team Canada's captain, is returning to the NHL.
The Ducks signed the centerman Sunday to a one-year contract worth $1.25 million prorated for the balance of the season, according to a person who was not authorized to speak publicly. The depth deal includes unspecified bonuses.
Kelly led Canada to a bronze medal this month — he had two goals and one assist in six games — during an Olympic Games that didn't include NHL players. The 37-year-old was in the league for the last 13 seasons, including last year, when he played all 82 games with the Ottawa Senators (five goals, seven assists).
With fourth-line center Antoine Vermette in and out of the lineup recently as a healthy scratch, Kelly figures to battle for playing time in that role, along with Derek Grant, who earned the nod in Sunday's game against the Edmonton Oilers.