The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded forward David Steckel to the Anaheim Ducks for right-winger Ryan Lasch and the Ducks seventh-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft according to TSN.ca. Nothing like getting traded on your birthday as it is Steckel’s 31st birthday today.
Steckel will be reunited with his former coach Bruce Boudreau, who coached him during his playing days in Washington. Steckel has only appeared in 13 games for the Leafs this season, collecting just one assist and a minus-1 rating.
The 31-year old enjoyed his best season with the Capitals during the 2008-09 season when he scored 8 goals and added 11 assists while playing for Boudreau.
The Ducks are thrilled to be adding Steckel based on Ducks GM’ Brian Murray’s comments.
“Adding David Steckel gives us another big body and depth up the middle. He comes highly recommended from Bruce (Boudreau). Face-offs have been something of a concern for us the last few seasons. Steckel is a tremendous face off man and penalty killer, something that will really help our club.”
TSN reports that Lasch is currently playing for the Vaxjo Lakers in Swedish Elite League and was signed by the Ducks as a free agent in May of last year. Last season he won the scoring race in the Finnish Elite League by putting up 24 goals and 38 assists. He will be sent to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.
This is the second move that Leafs GM’ Dave Nonis has made since taking over the job from Brian Burke. The first saw him send tough guy Mike Brown to Edmonton in exchange for a draft pick.