Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal

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MAILMASTER ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 2: Daniel Winnik #34 of the Anaheim Ducks skates during the game against the Carolina Hurricanes on March 2, 2014 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Toronto Maple Leafs signed Daniel Winnik to a 1-year contract worth $1.3m on Monday.

[quote_center]”No disrespect to where I’ve played, but nothing compares to this market.” – Daniel Winnik on being a Maple Leaf[/quote_center]
Age: 29 years old
Height/Weight: 6’2, 210
2013-2014 Season: 6Gs-24As-30PTS in 76 games,
On-Ice Shot Attempt Differential: 47.6% CF

[quote_box_right]”A player who Brendan and Dave liked and we discussed here internally. We just tried to carve out how he would help out the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was available and we felt he could be a big help. He’s got a good track record of soaking up some difficult minutes and even being able to play well with some younger players — I’m going back to his Colorado days where he played a lot of minutes with guys like O’Rielly and Landeskog and had success. With the direction we’re going under Brendan and Dave, I think he can be a real good help to us this season.” – Leafs Asst GM Kyle Dubas on Winnik[/quote_box_right] Primarily a winger, Daniel Winnik can also sub in at center on occasion and provide secondary scoring along with penalty killing. He didn’t get one point on the power play last season, but four of his 30 were recorded while shorthanded. Winnik’s point total this year was a career high, but he has consistently been able to play a checking role, not get completely dominated in doing so, and chip in some even strength scoring over the course of his career. He also adds some size to any bottom 6 as he is well over 200 pounds.

The Maple Leafs look to have five lines of NHL forwards at the moment, making for stiff competition in camp among a lot of players on show-me contracts. Winnik is a good PK option to go along with the returning Leo Komarov; the Leafs needed to address this area with primary options McClement and Kulemin out bound. Hopefully with new faces on these units come new and improved results. Between the PK and secondary offense, Leafs management has attempted to address two areas where this team could make some leaps forward and they’ve done it on the cheap by scouring the bargain bin. The other thing that’s clear is that the Leafs have learned from last season in terms of the perils of having a lack of depth down the middle. Santorelli, Holland, Kontiola, Komarov and Winnik all give options at C behind Kadri and Bozak.

There is a whole bottom six to sort out as well as a second line winger for the Lupul and Kadri line. Training camp is going to be fun.

Daniel Winnik Scouting Report

Natural centerman, big, strong and tenacious… handles the puck with poise and boasts good hand-eye co-ordination… willingly battles and takes abuse in the danger areas… knows how to use his body to protect the puck and makes intelligent choices in scoring areas… developed a decent top gear during his three collegiate seasons at New Hampshire, but has made dramatic gains in agility, strength, and first-step quickness since turning pro.
McKeen’s Hockey, 2009

Daniel Winnik Statistics

SeasonTeamGPGAPTSTOI/60S%CF%CF% Rel
2010-2011Avalanche8011152616.36.60%51.60%6.00%
2011-2012Avalanche, Sharks848152316.44.30%52.20%1.90%
2011-2012 PlayoffsSharks501111.50.00%53.10%0.70%
2012-2013Ducks486131916.56.30%49.60%2.40%
2012-2013 PlayoffsDucks7011150.00%51.90%9.30%
2013-2014Ducks766243015.25.20%48.00%-2.80%
2013-2014 PlayoffsDucks901113.50.00%38.60%-7.50%
Daniel Winnik Statistics

Daniel Winnik Shot Attempts/Possession Statistics

Daniel Winnik Corsi Rel
Daniel Winnik Corsi Rel
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Daniel Winnik Zone Starts

Daniel Winnik Zone Starts
Daniel Winnik Zone Starts

Interestingly, in the zone starts chart above, Winnik was taking more and more defensive zone starts this year. It lines up reasonably well with his possession stats taking a bit of a dive. While it’s not enough to confirm 100% that it was ‘the’ reason, it’s certainly something that contributed a good amount to it.

Daniel Winnik Video


Daniel Winnik on TSN
[quote_center]”It’s pretty tough to turn down an offer from the Toronto Maple Leafs.” – Daniel Winnik [/quote_center]I talked to my agent and kinda worked a deal together and ya, it’s hard to turn down an offer from the Toronto Maple Leafs when you grew up there. It means a lot. I’ve been away from Toronto for over 10 years, I went to school at the University of New Hampshire and I’ve been in the States since, it’s a little more of a homecoming playing the Leafs just because I haven’t spent time there in many years. You get a little excited! To let my parents know, let my family know, it’s another bit of excitement. I know my Dad is excited just to have me back in the city and to watch me play; it’s been a little tough on them to watch games with me being in the west my whole career and especially on Pacific Time.

On his role:
Similar to my roles in Anaheim and previous teams, to be a 3rd line/penalty killer.

  • Black_Hawk

    nice depth signing

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    wow you guys got this write up posted quickly, good job

  • Cloud09

    The_Polish_Cannon They knew before hand 😉

  • colino17

    A lot of depth additions up front but still a LD hole. Seems like something has to give soon on the trade front.

  • Cloud09

    Can’t complain. Keeps all these guys on short term deals hungry.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Well I gotta say, not much confidence in young Carter Ashton.  Still, overall, good for the Leafs.  Salary cap being whittled away – but I still believe Franson will be traded before the season starts

  • loomx

    The_Polish_Cannon No kidding. The signing was only announce 30 minutes ago.

  • MaxwellHowe

    colino17 Carter Ashton for Keith Aulie?

  • loomx

    MaxwellHowe With guys like Kontiola, Booth, Frattin, and Santorelli who could all fail miserably and be sent down, there’s still a lot of room for Ashton to fit.

  • Burtonboy

    So Dubas was in on the Winnick signing . Had his imput

  • MartyQuinn

    Woooooo

  • drummond

    did winnik play for randy in Anaheim?

  • MartyQuinn

    MaxwellHowe colino17 hahahaha

  • Cloud09

    -Keon Don’t think you can have too much depth.

  • Cloud09

    drummond Nope

  • dlb Mad

    -Keon 
    first game versus MTL we’re dressing Ashton, Clarkson, Orr and Bodie
    i think we’re expecting suspensions.  the likes of which have never been seen before.

  • colino17

    drummond I think he was either with SJ or COL or both before ANA.

  • MartyQuinn

    loomx The_Polish_Cannon They were looming in the other thread and once it started being talked about they were putting the finishing touches on it. Nah, they had it drafted up when we were talking about it last week 😛

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    Burtonboy who said that?

  • Glove Dropper

    With this signing, and presumably Gardiner’s soon to come, has anyone been keeping track of how close were are to the contract limit?

  • dlb Mad

    colino17
    i’ve seen pictures of him in a Coyotes uni too

  • drummond

    Glove Dropper 
    I believe trade is coming, a forward leaving the town

  • MaxwellHowe

    Just wondering – there has to be a lot of teams looking to sign a Santorelli, Booth, Winnik, Kontiola, Frattin…..Leafs aren’t offering very much – is this an attractive place for those guys to play?  Leafs seem to be getting way more than their fair share of these players.

  • mr_hanie

    Carter Ashton has to score points to make it in the NHL. He is not a good defensive forward. He is a great AHL player, but seems to go where the puck has left, not where the puck is going to go, at the NHL level.
    Winnik gives Leafs PK depth, something Ashton cannot do.

  • dlb Mad

    learn from your mistakes.
    last year Nonis had to make a trade for a centre early on.
    this year he wasn’t going to assume the Marlies, one year older, where any more prepared.

  • drummond

    MaxwellHowe shanahan´s magic?

  • Burtonboy

    Ze_theLeafsFan Burtonboy He’s on the Marek , Wyshynski show right now . He said so himself

  • dlb Mad

    drummond
    no, they’re following Raymond’s example

  • Xxxxxnew

    I REALLY like where Winnik is parked in the photo above.

  • MaxwellHowe

    drummond MaxwellHowe Maybe, I don’t know, but a guy like Winnik has to know there is going to be tougher competition to make the Leafs than, say, the Oilers or Flames or Jets or Senators (just to name Canadian teams that come to mind)

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    Refresh for some updates

  • Xxxxxnew

    And it’s short term …. for now anyway.

  • Burtonboy

    mr_hanie How do you manage to determine this when he played less then 5 mins a night ( when he did play ) with Orr and McCLement ?

  • RandomScrub

    Seems like one of Lupul, Clarkson, Ashton might be on their way out. We’ll see what happens.

  • mr_hanie

    Burtonboy mr_hanie D’Amigo played on the 4th line, and looked better than Ashton with the same ice time.

  • colino17

    dlb Mad colino17 Correct. Drafted by Phoenix, traded to COL, then traded to SJ.
    http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=77829

  • loomx

    Another way to look at it is to look at all the players who have pretty much set roles on the team, and all the positions that are up for grabs:
    JVR-Bozak-Kessel
    Lupul-Kadri-_____
    ____-____-Clarkson
    Winnik-____-Komarov
    4 spots available left for: Holland, Santorelli, Booth, Kontiola, Ashton, Frattin, Bodie, Smith. All of those guys could just as easily fail and be sent down. Still lots of opportunity. That’s why I don’t think a trade is necessary. All these experiments could go belly-up.

  • wendelsway1

    Burtonboy mr_hanie I’ve always liked Ashton…..just needs some time and better linemates, IMO.

  • dlb Mad

    is he one of the guys they tried on the top line last year with Perry and Getzlaf or is the highlight just a co-incidence?
    i’m not up on my ANA trivia.

  • Xxxxxnew

    I’m thinking the Mason Raymond signing last year has something to do with it. A lot of us didn’t like his overall game, but it showed the Leafs were willing to give him a chance to reboot his career. Might pay cap dividends for Toronto if we can do this every season with a player or two.

  • Bruffins

    Congrats Daniel Winnik on being the most googled name in the last hour

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    loomx isn’t komarov LW?

  • drummond

    Bruffins Possible only in Toronto

  • colino17

    The_Polish_Cannon loomx Komarov is whatever you want him to be.

  • loomx

    The_Polish_Cannon loomx He can play every forward position. You can either put him there or as 3LW or even 2RW where he played a bit last time around.

  • MaxwellHowe

    loomx the sad part of the hockey business is that Clarkson is one of the guys guaranteed a spot

  • Bring the Cup Home

    if we could replace clarkson with a winger at the same salary that is FAR more worth it re. 2nd line potential, i’d be very happy with our lineup.  with clarkson eating up the salary of an impact player, i’m not happy with our lineup.

  • RandomScrub

    MaxwellHowe loomx Think about it though. Winnik – Holland – Clarkson could give teams fits in their own end. Big bodies, cycling the puck and wearing them down.

  • Bruffins

    colino17 The_Polish_Cannon loomx
    first line centre?

  • RandomScrub

    Bruffins colino17 The_Polish_Cannon loomx Yep.