Ducks Acquire David Steckel From Toronto Maple Leafs

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CBS Los Angeles

ANAHEIM (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks acquired center David Steckel from Toronto on Friday in exchange for right wing Ryan Lasch and a seventh-round pick in the 2014 draft.

The 6-foot-6 Steckel has scored 73 points in 398 games over eight NHL seasons with Washington, New Jersey and the Maple Leafs. He played for the Capitals and the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs under Bruce Boudreau, now the Ducks’ coach.

Steckel’s consistent excellence on faceoffs and penalty killing should fill two areas of need for streaking Anaheim, which has the NHL’s second-best record at 20-3-3 after winning five straight games.

“Adding David Steckel gives us another big body and depth up the middle,” Ducks general manager Bob Murray said. “He comes highly recommended from Bruce. Faceoffs have been something of a concern for us the last few seasons. Steckel is a tremendous faceoff man and penalty killer, something that will really help…

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