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The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired centre David Steckel from the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.
New Jersey will receive Toronto’s fourth-round draft pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for the 29-year-old forward.
Sean Avery’s days in New York appear to be over with the news that he was placed on waivers by the Rangers on Tuesday.
If he clears, the Rangers could send him to their American Hockey League affiliate in Hartford. According to his agent Pat Morris, playing in Europe is among his other options.
Of players needing make an impression this camp, Matt Stajan may have topped that list.
Pressed for comment about the unachieving centreman — who had a couple of nice moments in pre-season games — Flames coach Brent Sutter offered a lukewarm appraisal.
“He’s got to continue to get better,” Sutter said of the 27-year-old who represents a $3.5 million cap bite. “He had an OK camp, OK exhibition (games). Staje has been fine.”
Fine. But good enough to be one of the Flames’ opening-day centremen?
Holding down those four spots are Brendan Morrison, Olli Jokinen, Mikael Backlund, and, in Sutter’s mind, Roman Horak, who’s only 20 years old.
In a perfect world, Burke would like to use his blue liner surplus as bait for a possible trade for forward help. Gunnarsson is a likely candidate and will be showcased while playing with Phaneuf.
Franson has an encouraging upside and would seem to be in the team’s long-term plans. Aulie, meanwhile, is just a phone call away, especially if Gardiner has some hiccups once the regular season kicks off and the bullets start flying for real.
Wilson says Connolly is 50/50, presumably for Thursday’s game. Lombardi will start the season on the fourth line.