At the end of the day, George McPhee got his men.
Arnott is the big #2 center the Caps have been needing. He should bring a consistent physical presence to the Capitals’ lineup. He waived a no-trade clause to come to DC, so he should be very motivated to win. Arnott has 13 goals and 24 points in 62 games this season. In his career, he has posted 396 goals and 897 points in 1,161 games. He also scored the Stanley Cup winning goal in 2000. He has 30 goals and 66 points in 106 NHL playoff games.
David Steckel is a big center who wins a lot of faceoffs, but did not produce much in the way of offense. Ultimately, he was expendable, and his $1.1 million salary cap hit partially offsets Arnott’s $4.5 million cap hit. The Devils weren’t willing to give up a roster player without something in return as they try to make the playoffs on their own.
Steckel has played in 291 NHL games with 23 goals and 58 points. He has scored 4 goals and 7 points in 24 playoff games.
Goodbye, Dave. We’ll always remember this overtime playoff goal.