Wild release Steckel from PTO

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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.