or he's a part of the deal. This is an AHL Star D-Man - good for a trade...not bad considering a late pick too.
Or he's going to be called up for an Oduya trade. You gotta think though if that was the case, Eckford would've still played tonight unless the Devils were afraid of getting bitten if they traded Oduya and Eckford got hurt.
they don't have anyone else other than Smurphy. it would be worthy of a scratch, to make sure he doesn't get hurt.