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Blackhawks get D Connelly from Wild for F Winchester

Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 5:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Blackhawks get D Connelly from Wild for F Winchester

CHICAGO - The Chicago Blackhawks acquired defenceman Brian Connelly from the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday in exchange for forward Brad Winchester.

The 27-year-old Connelly has played in 50 games this season with the AHL's Iowa Wild, leading the team in points (32) and assists (27). He also ranks second among team defencemen in goals (5).

The 32-year-old Winchester has 16 goals and 14 assists in 55 games this season with the AHL's Rockford IceHogs. He has played in 390 NHL games over seven seasons with Edmonton, Dallas, St. Louis, Anaheim and San Jose, recording 68 points and 552 penalty minutes.

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