5:21PM: The Rangers have confirmed the signing of Lettieri.
1:32PM: Michael Russo reports that the Rangers are closing in on a two-year deal with senior University of Minnesota forward Vinni Lettieri.
Lettieri, 5-10, 197, had 19 goals and 18 assists for Minnesota this season in 38 games and had 7 goals and 19 assists in 37 games for the Gophers last season.
He played two years at the University of Minnesota with Brady Skjei.
Russo says that Skjei and Derek Stepan helped recruit Lettieri to join the Rangers. (Russo)
Lettieri's grandfather is Lou Nanne, the former coach and GM of the North Stars and the cousin of fellow Rangers prospect and Minnesota Golden Gopher Tyler Nanne.
Lou Nanne is a longtime close friend of Rangers President Glen Sather.
He will report to Hartford and finish the season with the Wolf Pack. (Russo)
Lettieri played last summer in a league with Ryan McDonagh, Skjei, and Stepan.
In that summer league he had 12 goals and 9 assists in 8 games.