For the second time in as many years the Toronto Maple Leafs have traded Daniel Winnik.
Winnik heads to Washington along with a fifth-round selection in the 2016 NHL draft in exchange for Brooks Laich, defenseman Connor Carrick and a second-round selection in the 2016 NHL draft.
The fifth-round selection the Caps receive in the deal was previously acquired by Toronto from the Anaheim Ducks.
“Daniel is a versatile player who plays with grit and can be used in all situations,” Caps GM Brian MacLellan said in a statement. “This move enables us to add some depth to our forward group and balances our lineup. We would like to thank Brooks for all of his contributions to our organization over the past 10 years. Brooks is a true professional and we wish him all the best in the future.”
The 30-year-old was in his second stint with the Leafs. After signing in Toronto as a free-agent in July 2014, the Leafs dealt Winnik to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Zach Sill, a 2015 fourth round pick and a 2016 second round pick last February.
Winnik returned to Toronto last summer on a two-year, $4.5 million deal. According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, there was no salary retained in the deal.
In 56 games with the Leafs this season, Winnik had four goals and 10 assists.
Laich, who cleared waivers on Sunday, has one year remaining on his six-year, $27 million deal with a cap hit of $4.5 million. The 32-year-old has one goal and six assists in 60 games this season.
He won’t have to wait long to play his former team as the Leafs visit the Capitals on Wednesday.
Carrick has split this season between the Capitals and the AHL’s Hershey Bears. The 21-year-old has 10 goals and 15 assists in 46 AHL games. In three NHL games this season Carrick registered a minus-2 rating.
Originally Washington’s fifth-round selection in 2012, Carrick has appeared in 37 career NHL games scoring one goal and five assists.
Toronto now has 12 selections in this June’s draft, according to GeneralFanager.com.