The Ducks have acquired forward David Steckel from the Toronto Maple Leafs for minor leaguer Ryan Lasch and a seventh-round draft pick in 2014.
In Steckel, the Ducks acquired a player that teams with championship dreams often try to land approaching the NHL trading deadline. Steckel is a face-off specialist. In short, the acquisition cost was comparatively low to add a piece to the Ducks' puzzle that they firmly believe they need.
Steckel has a long history with Anaheim Coach Bruce Boudreau, dating back to Manchester, N.H. He also played two years for Boudreau with the AHLs Hershey Bears and essentially gained full-time employment when Boudreau was elevated to his first NHL job, coaching the Washington Capitals.
Steckel played for the Capitals until the 2010-11 season, gaining his single biggest claim to notoriety -- concussing Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby in the Winter Classic, an injury that kept Crosby in and out of his teams lineup for the better part of two years.