ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have acquired center Jason Arnott from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for center Dave Steckel and a second round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Arnott, 36, is a 16-year NHL veteran who has played for the Edmonton Oilers, Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators and the Devils. The 6’5’’, 220-pound center has appeared in 1,161 career NHL games, recording 369 goals, 501 assists and 1,208 penalty minutes. In addition, Arnott has collected 66 points (30 goals, 36 assists) and 74 penalty minutes in 106 career playoff games. A two-time NHL All-Star (1997, 2008), Arnott won the Stanley Cup with the Devils in 2000, scoring the game-winning goal in the second overtime period.
This season, Arnott has 24 points (13 goals, 11 assists) and 32 penalty minutes while playing in 62 games for the Devils. He ranks third on the team in goals and fourth in points. The Collingwood, Ontario native was drafted by the Oilers, seventh overall, in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft and was named to the NHL All-Rookie team the following season.
Steckel, 28, registered 11 points (five goals, six assists) and 24 penalty minutes in 57 games with the Capitals this season. In 291 career NHL games, all with Washington, Steckel has recorded 58 points (23 goals, 35 assists) and 113 penalty minutes. The 6’5’’, 217-pound center was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the first round, 30th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.