• Leafs Bring Back Winnik On Two-Year Deal

    News: Daniel Winnik signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Maple Leafs on Wednesday, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports.
    Analysis: Daniel Winnik inked a one-year deal with the Maple Leafs when he was a free agent last July, but after the team fell out of contention by midseason, he was shipped to Pittsburgh. The forward didn't make a huge splash during his time in the Steel City, but between both stops last season, he finished with a respectable 34 points across 79 games. The 30-year-old figures to assume a second- or third-line spot for the Maple Leafs until young wing prospects Kasperi Kapanen and Mitch Marner are ready to join the parent club.
  • Pens' Winnik Expected To Skate With Crosby

    News: Daniel Winnik is expected to skate with Sidney Crosby and David Perron against Carolina on Thursday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
    Analysis: Daniel Winnik, who skated on Crosby's line Tuesday, has scored a goal and an assist in his last two games. He understands his role while playing with Crosby. "He's told me some things that I never really thought about before, so he's helped me in that aspect," Winnik noted. "I just have to play my game. Quick on pucks and be strong on it down low, create space for them when I can. It's about winning one-on-one battles, especially board battles." Winnik will likely return to the third line when Patric Hornqvist (undisclosed) comes back this weekend, but he makes for a good play in daily leagues Thursday.
  • Pens' Winnik Helps Out In Win

    News: Daniel Winnik picked up a shorthanded assist, an even-strength assist and a plus-2 rating Thursday in a win over Edmonton.
    Analysis: It's his first multi-point game as a Penguin, and he now has three helpers in six games in his new digs. Never much of a scorer, Daniel Winnik remains a low-end fantasy option best used in deep formats.
  • Leafs Deal Winnik To Penguins

    News: Daniel Winnik was acquired by the Penguins on Wednesday in exchange for forward Zach Sill, a 2016 second-round draft pick, and a 2015 fourth-round draft pick.
    Analysis: Daniel Winnik's name has been tossed about in trade rumors since the Maple Leafs began their January swoon, so his move to a contending club doesn't come as a major surprise. He'll likely see less ice time with the Penguins than he enjoyed in Toronto, but he should benefit from skating next to more talented playmakers. Should he receive an appointment to the Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin line, Winnik could warrant a speculative pickup in deeper formats. He's accumulated seven goals and 25 points in 58 games while skating alongside lesser centers this season.
  • Toronto's Winnik: Five Points In Last Six Games

    News: Daniel Winnik scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's )T win over Winnipeg. He has five points, including three goals, in his last six games.
    Analysis: This guy is all in every single time he hits the ice. He'll garner the attention of several teams before the deadline, but we'd actually love to see him stick in Toronto. He seems to be able to play with Nazem Kadri and we all know that Kadri's had a hard time finding linemates who understand how he plays the game. He's a depth play at this point.
  • Winnik Continues To Pace Leafs

    News: Daniel Winnik scored the Leafs' only goal in Saturday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Canadiens.
    Analysis: He has three goals and an assist in his last six games, and is a remarkable plus-four in that span (the Leafs are 1-4-1 in those games). Wouldn't it be great if his skill matched his work ethic?
  • Leafs' Winnik Gets Goal, Assist In Loss

    News: Daniel Winnik scored a goal and added an assist in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Rangers.
    Analysis: He's actually on a career pace at this point in the season and busts his hump on every shift, something that few Leafs are actually doing right now. And he's one of a small handful of Leafs with a positive rating (plus-13). Daniel Winnik will probably be traded to a contender before the deadline, but that won't improve his fantasy value -- he's still a lower-line mucker who's a depth play at best.
  • Leafs' Winnik Nabs Goal In Defeat

    News: Daniel Winnik tallied his fourth goal of the season in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Predators.
    Analysis: Daniel Winnik was denied of a second goal in the third period, when his shot with 16:52 remaining rang off the post. Three of his four goals on the season have come within the last month, but that level of production isn't likely to have fantasy players scrambling to the waiver wire to add him.
  • Leafs' Winnik Records Two Points, Plus-3 In Win

    News: Daniel Winnik scored his third goal of the season, had an assist and was a plus-3 in Friday's win over Columbus.
    Analysis: Daniel Winnik, who has scored in back-to-back games, now has three goals and 17 points in 40 games to go with a team-best plus-15 rating. Currently skating in a top-six role and on pace for a career-best 35 points, Winnik can be valuable in some deeper leagues.
  • Leafs' Winnik Gets First Goal In 29 Games

    News: Daniel Winnik scored a goal in Wednesday's loss to Washington. The goal snapped a 28-game drought.
    Analysis: It's also his first point in eight games. There is some room for improvement here, as he's firing at less than half his career average shooting percentage (2.6 vs 5.9). But with just 15 points in 39 games, Daniel Winnik's value is limited to the deepest of formats.