Bourque Recalled, Winchester Signed

Ok, so Gabriel Bourque getting recalled….that’s old news now.  He’s in St. Paul tonight, he’s playing against the Wild.  Do us proud, Bourquey!

But the corresponding move is the interesting one.

Forward Brad Winchester was signed to a PTO contract, and should play for the Admirals tomorrow night against Houston.

Winchester brings 390 games of NHL experience and some muscle to a team that has been severely lacking both at times.

A second round draft pick of the Oilers back in 2000, Winchester spent four seasons at the University of Wisconsin (a 2nd generation Badger), before turning pro in the fall of 2003.  Last season, he played 67 games with the San Jose Sharks.

As an unrestricted free agent heading into the mini-camps this year, Winchester was invited to the Calgary camp, but was unable to break with the big club….perhaps his roster spot was given to former Admiral Steve Begin?

And now the 6-foot-5 31-year-old Madison, WI native will be suiting up for the team down the road in Milwaukee.  It’s just a PTO for now, but if things go well….there’s certainly room for growth in this organization. There always seems to be tenants in Barry Trotz’s doghouse.

What to expect out of him, outside of the veteran intangibles that we don’t get to see in the stands?  Maybe a bigger version of Ben Guite that will drop the gloves and drive to the net.

Welcome to Milwaukee, Brad. Hopefully you’re the spark that’ll get this team back on track.

7 thoughts on “Bourque Recalled, Winchester Signed”

  1. And on a side note… how about Lane Lambert’s hair? LOL – He grew his hair out and dyed/highlighted it. I didn’t recognize him at first when they interviewed him earlier in the Preds game tonight!

  2. I like the signing of Brad Winchester. He brings experience and toughness they currently lack.

    P.S. Chris Mason – Has the coolest goalie pads in the NHL.

  3. This is the kind of player Nashville/Milwaukee always seems to find. Much like Begin a few years ago, Winchester isn’t very far away from being an NHL player in demand. For Milwaukee, he represents some much needed help for a team in a tailspin. Plus being from Madison, and very well-regarded player in this state, he seems like an obvious fit with some much needed muscle.

    But speaking of Rockford, I am sure everyone might already be aware of their crazy brawl with Grand Rapids this past weekend. Considering how the team responded last year, Milwaukee might need something like this to happen this year to get this thing turned around. In case you didn’t hear about the brawl, or see it, here is the Youtube clip:

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