Avs acquire Winnik from Coyotes

The Colorado Avalanche have acquired forward Daniel Winnik from the Phoenix Coyotes for a fourth-round pick in the 2012 NHL draft.

Winnik had four goals and 15 assists in 74 games for Phoenix last season, when he led the team’s forwards with 54 blocked shots and was second on the club with 30 takeaways.

Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman lauded Winnik’s size (6-foot-2, 210 pounds), speed and “ability to kill penalties,” in saying the forward will “fill an important role with our team next season.”

Winnik was originally selected in the ninth round of the 2004 draft and has appeared in 202 career games, tallying 52 points. He played at the University of New Hampshire.