SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired forward Brad Winchester from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for defenseman Brian Connelly.
Winchester, 32 (3/1/81), has collected 30 points (16-14=30) including six power-play goals and 85 penalty minutes (PIM) in 55 games with the Rockford IceHogs in the American Hockey League (AHL) this season. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound native of Madison, Wis., has recorded 68 points and 552 PIM in 390 career NHL games during seven seasons with Edmonton, Dallas, St. Louis, Anaheim and San Jose (2005-12). He has also notched three points (1-2=3) in 24 career NHL playoff matches. Winchester was originally selected by Edmonton in the second-round (35th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.
Connelly, 27 (6/10/86), led the Iowa Wild (AHL) in scoring this season with 32 points (5-27=32) in 50 games. The 5-foot-1, 180-pound native of Bloomington, Minn., was signed as a free agent by Minnesota on July 6, 2012.