GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes left wing Daniel Winnik has been awarded a one-year contract as a result of an arbitration hearing. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Winnik, 24, recorded 3-4-7 and 63 penalty minutes (PIM) in 49 games for the Coyotes last season. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Winnik also established career-highs in plus/minus (+1) and PIM (63). He finished plus or even in 39 of his 49 games last season. Winnik also played five games for the San Antonio Rampage (AHL).
During the 2007-08 season, Winnik collected 11-15-26 and 25 PIM in 79 games as a rookie for the Coyotes. Among all NHL rookies, he ranked T-1st in shorthanded assists (2), T-2nd in shorthanded points (2), 9th in shots (122) and T-17th in points (26). In 128 career NHL games, Winnik has recorded 14-19-33 and 88 PIM.
A native of Toronto, Ont., Winnik played three years of collegiate hockey at the University of New Hampshire from 2003-2006, recording 37-58-95 in 119 games. Winnik was originally drafted by the Coyotes in the ninth round (265th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.