After the Jason Arnott-David Steckel trade, here's where the New Jersey Devils' forward line combinations stand:
Brian Rolston-Patrik Elias-Dainus Zubrus
Ilya Kovalchuk-Travis Zajac-Nick Palmieri
Rod Pelley-Jacob Josefson-Mattias Tedenby
Vladimir Zharkov-David Steckel-David Clarkson
Obviously, the top two units have remained the same. In a perfect world, Pelley would eventually be replaced by Zach Parise on the Devils' third line. Parise is expected to find out from doctors Wednesday whether or not he can begin skating.
Interim coach Jacques Lemaire has talked about this being a "great opportunity" for Josefson to solidify himself among the top centermen on the club.
Lemaire also sounds excited about the prospect of really being able to use his checking line during all times of the game.
Although the old checking unit of Tim Sestito/Adam Mair-Pelley-Clarkson did an admirable job when they were put together, the additions of Steckel and Zharkov should make the line more dynamic.
All three of them are very strong on the puck, and should be able to generate chances off the forecheck and cycle.
We'll see how the two bottom units mesh in their first game together on Wednesday night, when the Devils take on the Tampa Bay Lightning.