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Ducks Sign Winnik to Two-Year Contract

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
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.
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