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St. Louis trades Brad Winchester to Anaheim for a third round pick

Feb 28, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

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The Ducks added even more grit and toughness when they acquired Brad Winchester from St. Louis in exchange for a 2012 third round pick. (Source)

Winchester through 57 games this year for the Blues has nine goals and five assists. He’s also got 86 penalty minutes while averaging just over 10 minutes of ice time per game.

The Ducks have been unhappy with Maxim Lapierre since acquiring him from Montreal and Winchester’s toughness should fit the bill in Anaheim just fine. The Ducks move to get tougher and deeper along the forward lines is obvious and should they make the playoffs, they’ll be a very nasty team to deal with. For the Blues, they clear up some room for younger forwards to get more ice time while getting a draft pick for their trouble.

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