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Minnesota Wild 2014 free agent analysis: Brad Winchester

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The Minnesota Wild have few roster spots with the emergence of their young stars. However, a few players still need to supplement the roster. The Wild enter the offseason with 14 unrestricted free agents and eight restricted free agents.

Here is unrestricted free agent forward Brad Winchester.

2013-14 Team(s): Rockford IceHogs (AHL), Iowa Wild (AHL)

2013-14 Statistics: 55 games played, 16 goals, 14 assists, 30 points, minus-8 rating, 85 penalty minutes, 6 power play goals,122 shots on goal (Rockford); 23 games played, 3 goals, 5 assists, 8 points, minus-12 rating, 64 penalty minutes, 1 power play goal, 65 shots on goal (Iowa)

Outlook: The Wild acquired Winchester from the Chicago Blackhawks in a minor league deal in late February. The Madison, Wisc. native has been able to put up points and provide physicality at the AHL level.

However, the 33-year-old has not been able get back to the NHL. After playing 390 games in the NHL over six-plus seasons, he has not played in the NHL since the 2011-12 season.

It is unlikely the Wild will re-sign him, unless it is as a depth player on a two-way type of deal.


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