The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded forward David Steckel to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Ryan Lasch and a seventh-round draft pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, according to an announcement by the team on Friday afternoon.
The trade is linked to Joffrey Lupul being cleared for contact earlier on Friday afternoon. Lupul had missed most of the 2013 season due to a fractured forearm, which was sustained after he was hit in the arm by a shot from Dion Phaneuf on Jan. 23. In order to make space for Lupul on the roster, the Maple Leafs decided to trade Steckel.
Ducks general manager Bob Murray stated that the addition of Steckel will give the Ducks depth up the middle, as well as improve the team's size. Head coach Bruce Boudreau recommended Steckel, as the two worked together while employed by the Washington Capitals.
Lasch is currently playing with the Vaxjo Lakers of the Swedish Elite League. The 26-year-old forward was signed as a free agent on May 31, 2012 by the Ducks.