In an attempt to improve the Wild’s depth up the middle and perhaps sign an eventual bargain the Wild will bring veteran center David Steckel into training camp on a professional tryout agreement.
Steckel who has played 419 games for four teams over eight NHL seasons was one of the out-of-work victims of the shrinking salary cap this summer.
“It was a difficult summer” said Steckel 31 a faceoff specialist who played 21 games for the Anaheim Ducks last season. “I’d like to still think that I can play in the NHL. I’m thankful Minnesota gave me an opportunity so in the end hopefully I can make an impression and stick with the team.”
Steckel who led the NHL in 2010-11 by winning 62.3 percent of his faceoffs for Washington and New Jersey and has the second-best career faceoff winning percentage among active NHLers (.583 since 2005-06) has a strong identity as a player coach Mike Yeo said.
Knowing that he is not a scorer (79 career points) Steckel is a big body at 6-6 who is responsib...