With Joffrey Lupul set to return to lineup, TOR opens up spot by trading David Steckel to ANA for minor leaguer Ryan Lasch and 7th rd pick.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 15, 2013
Not a huge shock. Toronto needed to open up a roster spot for the impending return of Joffrey Lupul, and the success of Jay McClement made Dave Steckel a redundancy.
In return the Leafs get a minor leaguer and a low pick. The good news is that Toronto get Lupul back and everybody else is shoved down the depth chart. The bad news is that the organization is committed to bad hockey players playing on the fourth line wing. Steckel had filled in on the fourth line when injuries forced Jay McClement to play on Mikhail Grabovski’s wing, but never played the wing position himself alongside McClement.