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In one of the final roster moves before the regular season begins on Saturday, the New Jersey Devils traded center David Steckel to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a fourth round pick, and then signed tryout Petr Sykora to a one year deal.
Steckel was acquired from the Capitals at the trade deadline last season in the move that included sending Jason Arnott to Washington. In 18 games with New Jersey, Steckel managed just one goal and a -3 rating while posting a 56 percent faceoff success rate.
Sykora was the "feel good story" of training camp, returning to New Jersey for a second stint after being a member of the 2000 Stanley Cup team. Sykora played well in camp, making his way up the Devils depth chart and eventually playing with Zach Parise and Patrik Elias on the team's first line. There is no word on where he will play come Saturday, but he has made the roster.
What The Deal Means:
1. Lack of depth at center:
The Devils were already struggling to find depth...
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired center David Steckel from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a fourth-round pick in this year’s draft.
Steckel, who has two years remaining on his contract, had one goal in 18 games with the Devils after being acquired at the trade deadline from Washington.
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In what's turning out to be a surprisingly busy Tuesday at the NHL head offices (someone was claimed on waivers today--exhausting), the Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired centre David Steckel from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a fourth round pick. Now he can finally be a part of the group hug above!
It's always exciting for Toronto fans to learn that the Leafs have...
The Leafs have acquired center David Steckel from the New Jersey Devils for a 4th round pick.
The New Jersey Devils have traded center David Steckel to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a fourth-round pick in next year's draft.
Petr Sykora is back for another stint with New Jersey.
Ivy Leaguer played for Trenton in ECHL
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