TORONTO — Put away for a minute your concerns about Tyler Bozak’s legitimacy as a No. 1 centre or whether Jonathan Bernier can replicate the season he had in net for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Forget about Dion Phaneuf’s role as captain or Randy Carlyle’s attempt to apply analytics to his day-to-day coaching.
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Daniel Winnik had made a similar drive before from San Antonio to Toronto. But this time was different. There was something about moving from West to East, a symbolism that cannot really be explained, that made it all worthwhile.
Winnik was born in Mississauga, Ont. but had spent his entire NHL career playing in Phoenix, Colorado, San Jose and Anaheim. The hockey is different in the West, he said. It’s more physical, more grinding, more defensive. Now, after seven years he was…
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