Barber and Varone will report to the Penguins’ AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. They’re both slated to become unrestricted free agents at the end of the season.
Barber, a native of Pittsburgh, had 31 points in 39 games for the Canadiens’ minor-league club, the Laval Rocket. The 26-year-old has also suited up for nine games with the Canadiens this season, going pointless. He was originally a sixth-round pick by the Washington Capitals in the 2012 NHL Draft.
Varone, 29, put up 14 points in 27 appearances with the Rocket this season. The 2009 fifth-round pick from Vaughan, Ont., has 97 NHL games to his name — with time spent with the Buffalo Sabres, Ottawa Senators and Philadelphia Flyers — and 17 points.
Blandisi, 25, has split the 2019 campaign between Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recording five points in 21 games with the big club and 14 points in 26 AHL games.
The 2012 sixth-round pick (Colorado Avalanche) from Markham, Ont., has 101 NHL games under his belt with stints also in Anaheim and New Jersey.
Lucchini — an undrafted native of Trail, B.C. — collected 15 points in 53 games with the WBS Penguins, his second season with the club.