- Arnott scored 13 goals in 62 games for New Jersey this season. (Photo: Associated Press)
The Capitals got their second-line center at the last possible moment. In a trade that was not confirmed until after the 3 p.m. Monday trade deadline, the Capitals acquired Jason Arnott from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for center David Steckel and a 2nd round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Arnott, who won a Stanley Cup in 2000 with the Devils, waived a no-trade clause in his contract to complete the deal. He is in the final season of a five-year, $22.5 million deal. Steckel was in the first year of a newly-signed three-year contract extension worth a total of $3.3 million.
Arnott, 36, scored 13 goals and recorded 24 points in 62 games this season for New Jersey. This was his second go-around for the Devils, after he spent the previous four NHL seasons with the Nashville Predators, and four years before that with the Dallas Stars. Arnott was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers with the 7th overall pick in the 1993 NHL Draft.
Capitals General Manager George McPhee is speaking to the media at 5:00 p.m., so I'll have more on both Capitals deals after he speaks.