Originally written on Kukla's Korner  |  Last updated 4/22/12

DETROIT - DECEMBER 9: Brad Winchester #15 of the St. Louis Blues has his shot stopped by Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings during their NHL game at Joe Louis Arena December, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.(Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
So, my roster guess is already pretty wrong.  That’s okay, I’m usually wrong about things like that. What does signing Brad Winchester mean?  Not only did the Sharks give him a contract, they gave him one of their two remaining contract spots.  They obviously thought he could bring more to the team than most of the young players he was competing with during training camp.  That makes that contract bigger than it looks at one year for $725k.  The list of players he was competing with includes: Jamie McGinn, Cameron MacIntyre, and John McCarthy.  Those are not all similar players but they were all competing for a lower line spot on the NHL roster. McCarthy has already been sent down.  I would have put Frazer McLaren on that list but he wasn’t fairly tested during this camp as he was recovering from injury.  So I won’t say Winchester beat him out for a spot, but there doesn’t seem to be room left for him. Continue reading "Sharks sign Winchester: what’s it mean?"
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