The Toronto Maple Leafs are continuing their tear down. The latest casualty: Daniel Winnik.
The Leafs announced Sunday night they have acquired Washington’s second-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, prospect defenceman Connor Carrick and forward Brooks Laich from the Capitals in exchange for forward Daniel Winnik and Anaheim’s fifth-round pick in the upcoming draft.
There is no salary retained by either team in the trade.
This is the second straight season Toronto has traded Winnik as the NHL trade deadline nears. Last season the Leafs moved him to Pittsburgh before re-signing him in the off-season.
“I want to thank (the) Maple Leafs once again for allowing me to play for my hometown team. (I) wish them all the best in the future,” Winnik tweeted from his verified Twitter account.
“Very excited to be joining (Washington) and love the possibilities we can acheive as a team. See you guys soon.”
Carrick has split this season between Washington and its American Hockey League affiliate, the Hershey Bears, and was named a 2016 AHL all star.
The 21-year-old had 10 goals and 16 assists in 47 games with Hershey. He was originally selected by Washington in the fifth round (137th overall) in 2012.
Laich has had his career derailed by injuries. He has just a goal and six assists in 60 games this season and is in the midst of a 48-game goal drought. He cleared waivers Sunday.
Winnik, 30, has 62 goals and 136 assists in 625 NHL games with Arizona, Colorado, San Jose, Anaheim, Pittsburgh and Toronto. He produced four goals and 14 points in 56 games with the Maple Leafs this season.
Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan called Winnik a “versatile player who plays with grit and can be used in all situations.”