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

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.

“No disrespect to where I’ve played, but nothing compares to this market.” – Daniel Winnik on being a Maple Leaf


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

“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

 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
Daniel Winnik Corsi for %
Daniel Winnik Corsi for %

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

“It’s pretty tough to turn down an offer from the Toronto Maple Leafs.” – Daniel Winnik 

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.

1716 comments
mcloki
mcloki

Gardiner signed to 4 years. This is beautiful. Come on and drop the puck already.

Jordan29
Jordan29

5 years at 4.05? I like it. Just shows you how much bullshit the media makes up about nonis wanting to trade Gardiner. Locks the guy up to the biggest bridge/long term gap deal as a GM. 

Sexyhairyman
Sexyhairyman

wow, wait we just signed gards??? what the hell?!!

great deal! that is going to be a hell of a steal in a couple years. i am a huge fan.

Sexyhairyman
Sexyhairyman

screw it. throw clarkson on this first line. i dont seem to want to put him anywhere else, but if theres anyone who can get him going, (or ignore his existance and just keep on scoring goals by himself) its kessel. 

Kessel-bozak-clarkson. 

Lupul Kadri JVR

... and then just ignore that there are two left wings on the second line. pah, ok, i give up. trying to sort out this lineup is impossible.

Cameron19
Cameron19

Well, I said when Henny suggested a long term deal that my guess was 5 years, 19.5M.  Pretty close.

Cameron19
Cameron19

Doesn't it feel like the team has been much more pro-active with all their contracts this year? I wonder if Loiselle was a problem in that regard, of if it's just the way things have come together this year.

Mcost61
Mcost61

Chris Johnston@reporterchris 2m

Jake Gardiner's #leafs extension doesn't include any no-movement protection, Sportsnet has learned. Great deal for both sides.

LN-093
LN-093

If Subban makes to arbitration, I believe he would be able to choose one or two years.  If he chooses 1 year, that would make him a pending free agent this season no?  I would bet Toronto would be high up there on his list of places to play.  The guy loves the spotlight and this city.

LN-093
LN-093

Here's my predicted lines for the new season (Lupul's traded for picks):


JVR-Bozak-Kessel


Booth-Kadri-Frattin


Winnik-Santorelli-Clarkson


Komarov-Holland-Kontiola


Ashton, Bodie,


Dion Phaneuf - Stephane Robidas 


Jake Gardiner - Roman Polak


Morgan Rielly - Cody Franson 


Petter Granberg


Bernier - Reimer

BoneChompski
BoneChompski

@Burtonboy His source may have been Poulin or something.  New conspiracy - Loiselle and Poulin fired for leaking information to broadcasters.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Mcost61 Of course it doesn't. No player can have those clauses until their restricted years are over with.

BoneChompski
BoneChompski

@Mcost61 If the Leafs move him any time soon they are crazy.  With Dubas here perhaps the staff can recognize how he drives possession.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

One of my favorite players ever.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@LN-093 I believe Subban filed, so the team gets to choose the term.

colino17
colino17

@LN-093 

Subban signs long term in MTL before arbitration - 80%

Subban is traded to the Leafs and signs long term - 3%

Subban goes to arbitration but eventually resigns long term with MTL - 5%

Subban goes to arbitration and eventually signs long term with TOR - 10%

 Subban goes to arbitration and eventually signs long term elsewhere - 2%


Accurate assessment?

Cameron19
Cameron19

@LN-093 Lupul won't be traded. And the one thing we do know is the intend to play Robida with either Rielly or Gardiner.

colino17
colino17

@Cameron19 @LN-093 Think 1 yr he is still RFA, 2 years and he goes to UFA. Doesn't matter though because it will likely be 8 years Friday morning.

LN-093
LN-093

@Cameron19 @LN-093 Ok, so 2 years then.  In two years time not only Stamkos will sign with us, so will Subban lol.

LN-093
LN-093

@Cameron19 @LN-093 Just based on the new players, the amount Lupul is making all signs point to him being the odd man out.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@TheCanucksnaphook @Burtonboy I used to love match play just for the mind games . Give a guy a 3 ' putt on one hole then not give him a 2 ' putt on the next one . Fucks em up every time lol

LN-093
LN-093

@Bobsyouruncle @colino17 I agree that Dubas probably didn't have too much to do with the moves this summer but I bet Shanny had a huge part in it.  Nonis is a disciple of the Burkie "top six, bottom six", which resulted in the checking line and goon line.  These moves this summer show the leafs are going to be more balanced and the playing time will be spread out evenly.  The 90's redwings didn't start winning stanley cups until they mixed up the skilled Russians (Fedorov, Larionov) with the gritty Canadian players (Maltby, McCarty).