Daniel Winnik to Capitals: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reaction

Mike NorrisFeatured ColumnistFebruary 29, 2016

TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 18:  Daniel Winnik #26 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the New York Rangers during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on February 18, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Rangers defeated the Maple Leafs 4-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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The Toronto Maple Leafs announced they traded center Daniel Winnik to the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

Toronto also sent the Anaheim Ducks' fifth-round pick in the 2016 NHL draft to Washington in exchange for the Capitals' second-round selection, defenseman Connor Carrick and forward Brooks Laich.

The Capitals acquired a player who had four goals and 10 assists in 56 games for the Maple Leafs as well as a minus-three rating. Washington general manager Brian MacLellan gave his thoughts on Winnik, per Mark Masters of TSN:

Toronto has traded the 30-year-old twice in a little more than a year, acquiring two second-round picks and a fourth-round selection in the deals.

Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post seems to think the Capitals, who have an NHL-leading 94 points, strengthened their roster:

This seems like a win-win deal. Washington added depth to a strong team, while Toronto continues to stockpile draft picks during what will be another non-playoff season.