NEWARK, N.J. — Jason Arnott seemingly is going to get another shot at a Stanley Cup.

NEWARK, N.J. — Jason Arnott seemingly is going to get another shot at a Stanley Cup.

The Devils traded the veteran center to the Washington Capitals for center David Steckel and a second-round draft pick in 2012.

Arnott had to waive his no-trade clause for the Devils to make the deal, and Washington was one of the teams he felt gave him a chance to win another Cup, especially playing with Alex Ovechkin.

The Devils have made a frantic playoff push in the last two months, posting a 17-2-2 record to move to within nine points of a playoff berth with 20 games to play in the regular season.

However, the Devils are still only 13th in the Eastern Conference and will have to leapfrog five teams to keep alive their streak of making the postseason every year since 1997.

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said he would not have made the deal without getting something in return, noting Steckel is one of the top faceoff men in the NHL. The draft choice also gives him a chance to land a prospect.

"We felt that in order for us to trade Jason Arnott, we had to bring a player into our lineup that would not miss a beat with the type of team we had," Lamoriello said. "It had to be a perfect fit because we don't want to lose anything in what has been happening."

Arnott gives Washington a big, strong center, who has been a clutch playoff performer with 66 points in 106 postseason games. He scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Devils in the second overtime of Game 6 in their series with Dallas in 2000.

Arnott also has a hard shot that can be very effective on the power play. He had 13 goals and 11 assists in his second stint with the Devils. He was acquired in an offseason trade with Nashville.

Steckel had five goals and six assists in 57 games. The 28-year-old has two seasons left on his contract.