The Minnesota Wild on Friday released center David Steckel from his professional tryout agreement. The 31-year-old appeared in two preseason games with the Wild.
Steckel, one of the NHL's best faceoff men, was trying to win a job on a team with established centers Mikko Koivu, Kyle Brodziak and Zenon Konopka, with Brodziak and Konopka penciled in on the third and fourth lines.
Minnesota also recalled goaltender Johan Gustafsson from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League. The 21-year-old was Minnesota's sixth-round pick (No. 159) in the 2010 NHL Draft. He spent last season with Lulea of the Swedish Elite League and went 20-13-0 with a 1.70 goals-against average and .929 save percentage.
I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.
— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh