Devils ship Arnott to Caps for Steckel, pick

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NEWARK, NJ -- The New Jersey Devils shipped veteran forward Jason Arnott to the Washington Capitals in exchange for forward David Steckel and a second-round draft pick in 2012.

Arnott reportedly waived his no-trade clause to facilitate the deal, which comes as the Devils are making a mad dash towards the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

As of Monday, New Jersey is just nine points back of eighth-place Carolina despite having the NHL's worst record at Christmas.

The 36-year-old tallied 13 goals and 24 points and was a minus-nine in 62 games for the Devils this season, the first year of his second tenure with the franchise.

A former first-round pick of the Oilers in 1993 who scored a Stanley Cup- winning goal in 2000 with the Devils against the Stars, Arnott has compiled 396 goals and 897 points in 1,161 NHL games with Edmonton, New Jersey, Dallas and Nashville.

Steckel, a former first-round pick of the Kings in 2001, totaled five goals and 11 points in 57 games primarily as a fourth-liner with the offense-starved Capitals. It was his check to the side of Penguins captain Sidney Crosby's head on New Year's Day in the 2011 Winter Classic which was a contributing factor in Crosby's lengthy absence due to concussion symptoms.

In 291 NHL games, the Milwaukee native has tallied 23 goals and 58 points.


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