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Devils deal Arnott to Caps for Steckel, draft pick

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The New Jersey Devils have traded veteran center Jason Arnott to the Washington Capitals for center David Steckel and a second-round draft pick in 2012.

Arnott had to waive his no-trade clause for the Devils to make the deal, and Washington was one of the teams he felt gave him a chance to win another Stanley Cup.

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said he would not have made the deal without getting something in return, and said Steckl is one of the top faceoff men in the NHL. The draft choice also gives him a chance to land a prospect down the road.

Steckel had five goals and six assists in 57 games. The 28-year-old has two seasons left on his contract.

Arnott had 13 goals and 11 assists in his second stint with the Devils. He was acquired in an offseason trade with Nashville.

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