Originally written on On the Duck Pond  |  Last updated 7/21/12

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 16: Daniel Winnik #34 of the Phoenix Coyotes sits on the bench during the NHL game against the Minnesota Wild at Jobing.com Arena on January 16, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
So far it has been a pretty quiet off-season in the hockey world.  A few excitements here and there, like Zach Parise and Ryan Suter deciding to play together in Minnesota, and an interesting offer sheet to Shea Weber from the Philadelphia Flyers.  But for the most part?  It's keeping up with how the Stanley Cup is spending its summer and when you are a Ducks fan, there is not much exciting in that.

In keeping with their "have to do something at least once a week" rule, the Ducks signed winger Daniel Winnik to a two year contract worth $3.6 million. 

Winnik, 27, played for the Colorado Avalanche last season until the trade deadline when he went to the San Jose Sharks. 

GM Bob Murray praised Winnik as "smart, reliable, with good size.  Real good penalty killer."

Winnik is 6'2" and 209 pounds and will add depth to either the third or fourth line for Anaheim.  He is also happy to stay in the Western Conference.

“You have some older guys,” said Winnik about Anaheim. “I don’t know if you can count [Corey] Perry and [Ryan] Getzlaf as older, but they are two of the top players in the league for the last four or five years, since they came in the league. They have a great goalie in [Jonas] Hiller. It’s a good mix of talent and ruggedness throughout the lineup.”

Earlier in the week the Ducks also signed Hampus Lindholm to an entry level contract, and Marco Cousineau accepted his qualifying offer.

Lindholm was a first round draft pick this year.  He has a two way contract that pays vastly different sums in the AHL vs. the NHL.    The defenseman will have his work cut out at training camp in September (assuming that pesky little CBA is signed by then), but it will be interesting to see where he compares when playing with the big boys.

Goaltender Cousineau accepted his qualifying offer and will likely remain in the minor leagues next season.
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