The new era in “Leafs-land” continued on the edge of the NHL’s trade deadline with yet another deal on Sunday.
Forward Daniel Winnik was the Leafs 5th deal in February, as he was sent to Washington with a fifth round pick for a second-round pick in 2016, defenceman Connor Carrick, and forward Brooks Laich.
Winnik had four goals, and 10 assists in 56 games this season. He was re-signed from free agency this past year for 4.5 million, and it’s the second time the Buds have traded him just before deadline day.
In return, Brooks Laich is a 32 year old forward who scored just once for the Caps in 2016-17. The Leafs don’t save on this deal as Laich now becomes the highest paid Leaf on the roster, however, he is a free agent at the end of the season.
21 year old Connor Carrick has appeared in 37 career NHL games, scoring just once. He split playing time this year between the Caps and the AHL’s Hershey Bears.
Brendan Shanahan and company have stepped up their reshaping of the team, in February, trading goaltender James Reimer on Saturday to the San Jose Sharks, in addition to sending Roman Polak and Nick Spaling to the Northern California squad. Other moves in the past few weeks include dealing Shawn Mathias to the Avalanche for a prospect and draft pick, as well as the big deal that dumped the Dion Phaneuf contract to Ottawa.
The NHL’s trade deadline is today at 3:00 p.m. eastern.