Leafs sign forward Daniel Winnik

Forward Daniel Winnik had his best offensive numbers with the Ducks last season, netting 30 points...

Forward Daniel Winnik had his best offensive numbers with the Ducks last season, netting 30 points in 76 games. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports/Files)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:40 PM ET

TORONTO - Add one more veteran to the crowd of forwards with the Maple Leafs.

Toronto signed native son Daniel Winnik, primarily a centre, to a one-year deal on Monday afternoon.

Most recently with Anaheim, the free agent had 30 points in 76 games and made nine playoff appearances. Winnik, who can also play left wing, has spent his seven-year NHL career in the Western Conference, with Phoenix (which chose him 265th overall in 2004), Colorado, San Jose and Anaheim. His 24 assists and 30 points with the Ducks represented career highs.

Winnik, 29, joins new forwards Mike Santorelli, David Booth, Petri Kontiola and the returning Leo Komarov and Matt Frattin, all intent on battling incumbent Leafs Peter Holland, Trevor Smith, Troy Bodie, Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren for bottom six positions.

While salary details weren’t immediately available, the Leafs had $4.3-million US of cap space as of this week, though much of that was earmarked to re-sign RFA defenceman Jake Gardiner.


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