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Ducks sign center Daniel Winnik to two-year, $3.6-million deal

July 20, 2012|By Houston Mitchell
  • Daniel Winnik is sprawled across the ice while playing against the Ducks last season.
Daniel Winnik is sprawled across the ice while playing against the Ducks… (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles…)

The Ducks have signed free-agent center Daniel Winnik to a two-year, $3.6-million contract.

Winnik had eight goals and 23 points with San Jose and Colorado last season. His best season came with Colorado in 2010-11, when he had 11 goals and 26 points.

Winnik will be a depth forward and a left-handed shot for the Ducks, probably competing for a third- or fourth-line center spot with Andrew Cogliano and Nick Bonino.

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.

Winnik says he's not sure what his role will be with the team yet.

"I haven’t talked to [Coach] 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."

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