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Wild release Steckel from PTO

Sep 27, 2013, 4:18 PM EDT

David Steckel AP

Yet another veteran hits the free agent pool and this time it’s a faceoff-winning centerman.

David Steckel was released from his professional tryout agreement by the Minnesota Wild. The 31-year-old former Maple Leaf, Capital, Devil, and Duck appeared in two preseason games with the Wild.

His competition in Wild camp to land a job as the fourth line center proved to be stiff. With pivot jobs already spoken for by Mikko Koivu, Kyle Brodziak, and Zenon Konopka holding down jobs with the latter two on the third and fourth lines already. It was an uphill climb from the get-go for Steckel.

As for where he’s headed next, Michael Russo of The Star Tribune says it’s likely he signs a deal with the Wild’s AHL team in Iowa.

  1. shanesander - Sep 27, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    this guys career went downhill after he decked Crosby at the Winter Classic

    • wirsindderclub87 - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:30 PM

      Yea, but to be fair, how do you top that?

    • babykaby - Sep 28, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      Yeah, and throw in his joining forces with Matt Bradley to dump on Alex Semin. Last I looked Crosby is doing quite well, Semin got an extended contract with Carolina, Bradley was injured and has disappeared, and Stecks is gonna (maybe) play in the AHL. Karma IS a bit$%. Don’t you just love it?

      • rcbreezy1972 - Oct 1, 2013 at 5:17 PM

        Crosby is a cry baby. It is good for him to get knocked around once in a while.

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