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Wild Acquires Winchester From Blackhawks

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild

The Minnesota Wild has acquired forward Brad Winchester from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for defenseman Brian Connelly.

Winchester has collected 30 points (16-14=30) including six power-play goals and 85 penalty minutes (PIM) in 55 games with the Rockford IceHogs in the American Hockey League (AHL) this season. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound native of Madison, Wis., has recorded 68 points and 552 PIM in 390 career NHL games during seven seasons with Edmonton, Dallas, St. Louis, Anaheim and San Jose (2005-12). He has also notched three points (1-2=3) in 24 career NHL playoff matches. The 32-year-old was originally selected by Edmonton in the second-round (35th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Connelly, 27, led the Iowa Wild (AHL) in scoring this season with 32 points (5-27=32) in 50 games. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound native of Bloomington, Minn., was signed as a free agent by Minnesota on July 6, 2012.

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