Winnik returns to Leafs via two-year deal reportedly worth $4.5M

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Mere months after trading him to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Toronto Maple Leafs are bringing back Daniel Winnik.

The contract spans two years, and while the Leafs didn’t reveal financial details, HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman reports that it’s worth $4.5 million ($2.25 million cap hit) overall.

Winnik, 30, nabbed Toronto quite a nice haul around the trade deadline, including second and fourth-round picks.

He’s clearly happy to be back, too, as you can see in emoticon form:

Winnik is by no means a spectacular producer – his 34 points from last season marked the best total of his career – but he’s a nice find by “fancy stats” standards. Just ask the Leafs:

With Winnik and P.A. Parenteau added to the mix, the Maple Leafs stand a chance to nudge their possession numbers in the right direction, even if that difference will be subtler than the void left behind by Phil Kessel.