Daniel Winnik joins Maple Leafs on 1-year free-agent deal

The Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday added depth at centre with the signing of former Anaheim Duck Daniel Winnik to a one-year contract.

Defensive centre set career highs in assists, points in 2013-14

One-time Ducks forward Daniel Winnik has signed a one-year, free-agent contract with Toronto after setting career bests in assists (24) and points (30) last season. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press/File)

The Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday added depth at centre with the signing of free agent Daniel Winnik to a one-year contract.

Winnik is a 29-year-old Toronto native coming off a career 30-point season with the Anaheim Ducks.

A solid defensive forward, his six-foot-two, 207-pound frame should fit in nicely on the third or fourth checking lines with the Maple Leafs.

Expect Winnik, a seven-year NHL veteran, to contribute on the penalty kill after he scored two short-handed goals this past season.

Winnik also set career highs in assists with 24 and posted a plus-6 rating in 76 regular-season games.

He has 150 points in 490 NHL regular-season games with Phoenix, Colorado, San Jose and Anaheim.


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