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Daniel Winnik traded to Penguins from Maple Leafs

02/25/2015 04:00 EST | Updated 04/27/2015 05:59 EDT
The Pittsburgh Penguins will be hoping Daniel Winnik can further improve their fifth-ranked penalty-kill down the stretch.

General manager Jim Rutherford on Wednesday acquired Winnik, a pending unrestricted free-agent forward, from the Toronto Maple Leafs with the NHL’s March 2 trade deadline looming.

In return, the Maple Leafs receive forward Zach Sill, Pittsburgh's second-round draft pick in 2016 and a fourth-rounder in this June's draft.

Winnik, 29, has seven goals and 25 points in 58 games this season, his first in Toronto after signing a one-year free-agent deal last summer.

The Penguins undoubtedly are excited about Winnik’s work on the penalty-kill — he tops all NHL forwards with 200 minutes 19 seconds of ice time while short-handed this season — but also his strong two-way play as he led the Leafs this season with a plus-15 rating.

Winnik Winnik leads all NHL forwards with SH ice time at 200:19. Only Devils D Andy Greene has been on the ice more while team is SH

Sill, 26, has three points and 60 penalty minutes in 42 games this season with Pittsburgh. The Truro, N.S., native has appeared in 62 NHL contests, while racking up 73 points in 277 outings in the American Hockey League.

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