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Avs sign Quincey and Winnik

Friday, 07.02.2010 / 6:49 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010

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Avs sign Quincey and Winnik
The Colorado Avalanche announced Friday that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Kyle Quincey and forward Daniel Winnik on two-year contracts. Both players were restricted free agents. 

"We are pleased to have Kyle and Daniel under contract," Avalanche General Manager and  Executive Vice President Greg Sherman said in a statement. "Kyle was a big part of our defense last season and we expect him to continue in that role. As I stated earlier this week, we are counting on Daniel to be an important part of our team."

Quincey, 24, led the Avalanche in ice time at 23:36 per game while appearing in 79 contests during 2009-10, his first season with Colorado. He finished second among Avs defensemen in scoring with 29 points (6 goals, 23 assists) and ranked third among all Avalanche players in plus/minus at plus-9. The Kitchener, Ont., native ranked second on the club in hits (115) and was third in blocked shots (143). He had no points and was plus-2 in the Avs' six playoff games.

Quincey has appeared in 164 career games in the NHL, scoring 11 goals and adding 57 assists with 143 penalty minutes with Detroit, Los Angeles and Colorado. Originally selected by Detroit in the fourth round (No. 132) in the 2003 Entry Draft, the 6-foot-2, 207-pound rearguard was acquired by the Avalanche from the Kings on July 3, 2009.

Winnik, 25, was acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday in exchange for a fourth-round selection in the 2012 Entry Draft. He appeared in 74 games for the Coyotes in 2009-10, scoring 4 goals and adding 15 assists with a plus-1 rating. Winnik led all Coyotes forwards with 54 blocked shots and was second on the club in takeaways with 30.
 
Originally selected by Phoenix in the ninth round (No. 265) in the 2004 Entry Draft, the Toronto native has appeared in 202 NHL games, tallying 52 points (18 goals, 34 assists). 

The Avalanche also announced today that the club has agreed to terms with defenseman David Liffiton, forwards Greg Mauldin, Julian Talbot and David Van Der Gulik, and goaltenders Jason Bacashihua and John Grahame all to one-year deals.
 
Liffiton, 25, was Colorado's first selection (second round, No. 63) in the 2003 Entry Draft.  He spent the 2009-10 season with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL, where he collected 20 points (5 goals, 15 assists) and 118 penalty minutes in 72 games. Liffiton has played in three NHL games with the New York Rangers, one in 2005-06 and two in 2006-07.

Mauldin, 28, spent most of this past season with the New York Islanders' AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, where he led the team in scoring with 54 points (25 goals, 29 assists) in 77 games. He also appeared in one game with the Islanders. Talbot, 25, was acquired from St. Louis on June 17. He spent the past three seasons with the Blues' AHL affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen, where he had 17 goals and 15 assists in 76 games in 2009-10.

Van Der Gulik, 27, spent 2009-10 campaign with Calgary's AHL affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat, scoring 16 goals and 40 points in 64 games, ranking him second on the Heat in scoring. He played  six games with the Flames in 2008-09, collecting two assists.

Bacashihua, 27, spent last season with the AHL champion Hershey Bears after signing with the team on July 31, 2009. He had a 17-3-1 record in 22 games, a 2.48 goals-against average, .911 save percentage and one shutout for the Calder Cup champions. Bacashihua spent the 2007-08 and 2008-09 campaigns in the Avalanche's system, playing for both the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL) and Johnstown Chiefs (ECHL). Originally a first-round pick (No. 26) by Dallas in the 2001 Entry Draft, Bacashihua has appeared in 38 NHL games as a member of the St. Louis Blues, compiling a 7-17-4 career mark.

Grahame, 34, ended the 2009-10 season in the Avalanche's system, appearing in 14 games with Lake Erie. He also played in 12 games with the AHL's Adirondack Phantoms. Grahame was a combined 6-17-3 with a 3.17 GAA between the two stops. A native of Denver, Grahame has appeared in 224 career NHL games, posting a 97-86-18 record with a 2.79 GAA and 12 shutouts. He won a Stanley Cup ring with Tampa Bay in 2004 and was a member of the 2006 U.S. Olympic team. 








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