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Ducks sign Daniel Winnik to two-year, $3.6 million deal

Jul 20, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

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Daniel Winnik may not have jumped out to many people on the free agent list, but he’ll be taking his talents to the Pond in Anaheim now.

The Ducks announced they’ve signed Winnik to a two-year deal, one that Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports is worth $3.6 million, good for a cap hit of $1.8 million. Last season, Winnik split his time between Colorado and San Jose after a mid-season trade.

In 84 games last season (yes, two more than most everyone plays), he potted eight goals and 15 assists but he’s better known for his work on checking lines and frustrating opponents. He’s steady and reliable and will give the Ducks better balance among their bottom six forwards, something they struggled with last year.

  1. joelwrobinson - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    This guy sucks. Good luck with that.

  2. sjsharks66 - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    What a steal! I’m really disappointed in Wilson for not signing Winnik.

    • joelwrobinson - Jul 20, 2012 at 6:36 PM

      did you even watch any sharks hockey last season? Explain how this is a steal..

      • jernster21 - Jul 20, 2012 at 8:31 PM

        Do you even know the game of hockey or are you just a moron in general? If you thought Winnik was going to pot 30 goals a year you were clearly mistaken. He was brought onto the team to fix your penalty kill which was HORRIBLE last year and they barely even gave him any PK time from the games I watched after the Avs traded him. Which further proves that the Avs fleeced you guys on that trade considering they didn’t even use him properly for the role he was supposed to be in when they brought him in AND Galiardi is one year away from the AHL. Congrats!

  3. seanthegreatest - Jul 20, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    “but he’ll be taking his talents to the Pond in Anaheim now.” It’s called the Honda Center now. Just sayin.

  4. sjsharks66 - Jul 20, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    @sean
    That’s the nickname. The duck pond. The HP pavilion is not really called the Shark Tank lol

    • gnazarov - Jul 21, 2012 at 12:10 PM

      I never hear anyone refer to it as the duck pond. Back in the day it was the Arrowhead Pond, but now pretty much everyone around Anaheim calls it what it is, the Honda Center.

  5. fortwaynekomets - Jul 20, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    I’m still waiting for the Ducks to trade Bobby Ryan. hopefully he does trade spots n lands on the Bruins

  6. fortwaynekomets - Jul 20, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    and yes its called the Honda center unfortunately.

    it was only called the pond when it was owned by arrowhead, hence arrowhead pond.

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