Ducks Sign Winnik to Two-Year Contract

Friday, 07.20.2012 / 12:05 AM PT / News
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Ducks Sign Winnik to Two-Year Contract
The Ducks have signed center Daniel Winnik to a two-year contract through the 2013-14 NHL season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

Winnik, 27 (3/6/85), has appeared in 366 career NHL games with the Coyotes, Avalanche and Sharks, posting 37-64=101 points with 187 PIM. He appeared in a league-leading 84 games with Colorado and San Jose last season, scoring 8-15=23 points with 52 PIM. Winnik, whose 84 games were the most in the NHL since Sean Avery played 84 in 2006-07 with Los Angeles and the New York Rangers, began the season with Colorado, collecting 5-13=18 points with 42 PIM in 63 games.


Winnik was acquired by San Jose as part a five-player trade on Feb. 27, 2012 and went on to record 3-2=5 points with 10 PIM in 21 regular-season games with the Sharks. The 6-2, 210-pound center made his second career appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2012 with San Jose, earning an assist (0-1=1) with six PIM in five games.

Selected by Phoenix in the ninth round (265th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Winnik has also played 12 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with Phoenix (2010) and San Jose, earning one assist with six PIM.

Shortly after the deal was announced, Winnik spoke to reporters via conference call. The following is a transcript:


On talks with the Ducks
They have been in the picture the whole time. It started up in the last couple of days. Being a UFA for the first time, it was kind of a unique market. Reports were 20 teams put offers in on both (Zach) Parise and (Ryan) Suter. That stalled a lot of it. It was a different experience and an interesting one at that.

On moving on from San Jose
There were some discussions and then they signed (Adam) Burish. Doug Wilson’s quotes were pretty straight forward that they had moved on from me as a player.

On staying in the Western Conference
I was hoping to stay out West, just with the familiarity of playing all the teams. More so, the Pacific Division, having been there for three years and ending it with San Jose (last season). I have always loved the West Coast and have been out there for so long now. It’s a lot more common for guys to stay within the West because all the teams see you all the time. I think the Eastern guys get a little bit more exposure for both markets, whereas in the West just because of TV times that it strictly seems like Western teams watch you more.

There is really no adjusting time to people you are playing in your division. If I was to switch over to an Eastern Conference team, I’d have to get used to the playing style and the team systems.

On his possible role with Anaheim
I haven’t talked to Bob (Murray) formally yet. He’s just been in contact with my agent. I’m pretty sure it will be on the third line and I’d imagine PKing, stuff like that. This is similar role that I have played throughout my career.

On playing on the penalty kill
I like it and take pride in it. I’ve done it since bantam age, then with the Coyotes, Avalanche and Sharks. Not as much with the Sharks. If you have a good PK, it reflects well.

On having a scoring touch at times
Hopefully, more goals than I had last year. Last year, I probably had the most chances I have had in my NHL career. Shots-wise, I had a lot and I created a lot. Hopefully, the point-production goes up and my linemates around me score a little more too.

On the Ducks roster
I’m actually good friends with Andrew Cogliano. I’m very familiar with how he plays. I’ve been working out with Devante (Smith-Pelly) here in Toronto. You have some older guys. I don’t know if you can count (Corey) Perry and (Ryan) Getzlaf as older, but they are two of the top players in the league for the last for our five years, since they came in the league. They have a great goalie in (Jonas) Hiller. It’s a good mix of talent and ruggedness throughout the lineup.

On Teemu Selanne
He is now a teammate, so that is kind of neat. It’s just amazing the numbers that he keeps putting up year after year. It’s like he doesn’t age. I know his legs don’t because I still couldn’t catch him when I was playing against him. I can’t imagine the experience he has and brings into the room. I’ve heard nothing but great things about him.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 76 44 27 5 219 204 93
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 75 24 44 13 68
C. Perry 63 32 20 15 52
R. Kesler 78 20 27 -2 47
S. Vatanen 63 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 77 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 69 9 25 -4 34
J. Wisniewski 66 8 26 -14 34
C. Fowler 76 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 74 7 26 23 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 13 7 0 .916 2.58

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