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Trade: Wild acquire Winchester from ‘Hawks

Feb 26, 2014, 5:33 PM EDT

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Minnesota has acquired veteran forward Brad Winchester from Chicago in exchange for d-man Brian Connelly, the club announced on Wednesday.

Winchester, 32, has spent all of this year with Chicago’s AHL affiliate in Rockford, where he’s put up good numbers — 16 goals, 30 points in 55 games — while Connelly has spent the entire season with Minny’s AHL affiliate in Iowa, emerging as a decent offensive defenseman (32 points in 50 games).

Of the two, Winchester is the more established professional. The 6-foot-5, 230 pound winger was the 35th overall pick in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft and has almost 400 games of NHL experience, scoring a career-high 13 goals with St. Louis in 2008-09.

Winchester’s last NHL action came during the 2011-12 campaign, when he scored 10 points in 67 games for San Jose.

  1. blues1988 - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    ahhh winchestertonfieldville. didn’t even know he was still in the league.

    • esracerx46 - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:18 PM

      I guess it depends what league you’re talking about cuz technically he wasn’t in “the” league

  2. esracerx46 - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Was hoping the Hawks would get a conditional pick rather than a Brian Connelly reunion. Hawks have 48 players signed. With guys like Stephen Johns, Kevin Hayes and Dillon Fournier needing to be signed.

  3. getadealdonealready - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Seems more like a minor league deal, as I don’t see room for either of these players on an NHL roster.

  4. djshnooks - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Let the trade floodgates open!!!!

  5. claysbar - Feb 26, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Who pick’s the pictures for these poor guys??

    • strictlythedanks - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:06 PM

      he looks absolutley flabbergasted in it.

  6. vstar1us - Feb 26, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Oh, so the Wild got another old guy!

  7. vstar1us - Feb 26, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Oh, the Wild traded for another old guy! Wow…..

  8. elrock7 - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Mr Halford you say Winchester has put up good numbers (30 pts in 55 gms), yet Connely has only decent numbers with 32 pts in only 50 gms, and he is also a defenceman.

    Just wondering

    • Mike Halford - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      I saw the adjectives as somewhat interchangeable but yes, in retrospect, good is better than decent and they have very similar numbers, so they theoretically should have similar adjectives. Good point. Decent point, even.

      • elrock7 - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:55 PM


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