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Anaheim Ducks re-sign C David Steckel and assign him to AHL affiliate in Norfolk

Anaheim Ducks' Brad Staubitz, left, and David Steckel celebrate Staubitz's goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday, April 25, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

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Anaheim Ducks' Brad Staubitz, left, and David Steckel celebrate Staubitz's goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday, April 25, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Centre David Steckel has re-signed with the Anaheim Ducks.

The NHL-leading Ducks assigned Steckel to their AHL affiliate in Norfolk on Monday.

Anaheim also assigned goalie Viktor Fasth and left wing Matt Beleskey to Norfolk on long-term injury conditioning loans.

The Ducks acquired Steckel from Toronto last March. He scored six points in 21 games before playing in all seven post-season games.

Steckel is a faceoff specialist and a favourite of Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau, who coached him in Washington. The 10-year NHL veteran has 79 points in 418 games.

Fasth has been out since Oct. 16 with a lower-body injury. Frederik Andersen has won his first six NHL starts in his place.

Anaheim has the league's best record at 15-3-1. The Ducks open a four-game trip Tuesday at Florida.

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