Caps Acquire Center Jason Arnott

February 28, 2011 | Ed Frankovic

The Washington Capitals have acquired center Jason Arnott from the New Jersey Devils in return for center and face-off specialist David Steckel and the Caps 2011 second round pick. Arnott is an unrestricted free agent following the 2010-11 season while Steckel is signed for two more years at $1.1M annually.

Arnott will fill the sorely coveted second line center spot that GM George McPhee and the Caps have been trying to find since Sergei Fedorov left for the Kontinental Hockey League after the 2008-09 season.

Arnott, who won a Stanley Cup as a member of the New Jersey Devils in 2000, most recently played four seasons for the Nashville Predators before signing with the Devils as a free agent this year and in 2008-09 scored 33 goals in 65 games. Overall he has 396 goals and 501 assists in his 1196 game NHL career. The 6′ 5″, 220 pound center is 36 years old and was the 7th player taken overall in the 1993 NHL draft.

Steckel was a 4th line center who led the NHL in faceoff percentage for most of this season.