Devils Ship Arnott To Caps for David Steckel

The Devils send Jason Arnott to the Washington Capitals for David Steckel and Washington’s 2012 2nd Round pick. Steckel is owed 1.1 million for the next 2 years, becoming a UFA on July 1, 2013.

At first glance, this trade doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. For one, Arnott’s salary was coming off the books this summer as he was to become a UFA and now the Devils have added more money to their cap. Second, I’d much rather have a 2011 pick but I guess a 2012 pick is ok.

Arnott IS an aging center, I will give the masses that much and Steckel is supposed to be good at faceoffs but like I mentioned this morning, why screw with the chemistry. Maybe Arnott never lit the fire under Elias’ ass like it was hoped he would, but I still think Arnott brought something to the table. Lets not dismiss that we’ve traded a guy that has size and has score 13 goals and 11 assists this season for a guy who’s scored only 5 goals and 6 assists. While Arnott has produced like we hoped, for me, Steckel lost his game as soon as he signed his 3 year extension. His only notable play this season was cracking Crosby’s skull on Jan 1st. Speaking of Sidney Crosby, he can’t be happy that he’ll be facing David Steckel 6 times a year now!!

My hope is that Steckel coming in doesn’t ruin anything the Devils have done in their last 21 games and maybe can win a few important face-offs. Other than that, I’m not really thrilled about this move.

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