Daniel Winnik Traded To The Washington Capitals

February 29th, 2016 No Comments

Daniel Winnik joined a long list of former Maple Leafs when he was traded out of Toronto Sunday night.

Daniel Winnik joined a long list of former Maple Leafs when he was traded out of Toronto Sunday night.

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello worked into the late hours of Sunday night, trading forward Daniel Winnik and a 2016 fifth-round pick to the Washington Capitals, in exchange for a second-round pick in 2016, Prospect Connor Carrick, and veteran Forward Brooks Laich.

Winnik, 30, has four goals, 10 assists with a minus-3 rating in 56 games with Toronto this season. Laich, registered one goal and six assists through 60 games with the Capitals this season. He has one season left on a two-year deal he signed this summer worth $4.5 million.

The Capitals had recently placed Laich on waivers, but with no takers, Toronto came calling. Clearly, the Leafs took Laich as part of a salary dump so Washington could clear some cap space.

Originally drafted in the fifth round (#137 overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Carrick, 21, is known as a creative, offensive defenseman. At 5’10 and 191 pounds, Carrick lacks size, but he makes up for it with excellent skating and a high compete level.

Carrick represents another piece in Toronto’s rebuilding process. He does not have a high ceiling, but he does have a chance to develop into an NHL defenseman, and that is what Toronto is looking for— prospects they can develop.

Carrick split this season between the NHL and the AHL with the Hershey Bears.

The second-round pick in 2016 gives the Maple Leafs another pick in the upcoming draft that they can use to roll the dice on an intriguing prospect.

Playing for the Everett Silvertips of the WHL, goaltending prospect Carter Hart, 17, has quietly put together excellent numbers this season, posting a 43-20-3 record to go along with a tidy 2.12 goals against average and an impressive 9.19 save percentage.

Might Toronto take a chance on Hart in this summer’s upcoming NHL Entry Draft? Time will tell, but with netminder James Reimer being shipped out this weekend and current Maple Leafs netminder Jonathan Bernier seemingly on his way out before long, Hart would be an excellent investment for a team that hasn’t employed a blue chip netminder since Ed Belfour was here.

So, are the Maple Leafs done? It is widely believed that the Maple Leafs will be actively shopping P.A. Parenteau, Mark Arcobello, Brad Boyes, Michael Grabner, and Milan Michalek –

See more at: http://theslapshot.com/2016-nhl-trade-deadline-which-players-will-be-traded-from-toronto#sthash.7fSClyBi.dpuf

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