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[Report] David Steckel Released by AHL Wild, Signs with Ducks


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Steckel released from Wild’s AHL affiliate, signs with banged-up Ducks

David Steckel is taking a familiar route in his quest back to the NHL.

The veteran forward, who signed a PTO with Minnesota for training camp, was released from his contract with AHL Iowa and has reportedly inked a minor-league deal with Anaheim, according to Mike Russo of the Minnesota Star-Tribune.

The move back to Orange County would make sense on a number of fronts.

One, Steckel has experience with the Ducks and head coach Bruce Boudreau, having played for Anaheim last season (prior to that, he spent five years in Washington under Boudreau.)

Two, the Ducks are all kinds of banged up at the forward position.

Saku Koivu was knocked out of Sunday’s game against Columbus and has been sent back to California for evaluation, putting him on the shelf alongside Jakob Silfverbeg (broken hand), Mathieu Perreault (sprained wrist), Dustin Penner (concussion) and Matt Beleskey (on IR, upper body).

A faceoff specialist with size (6-foot-6), Steckel should have a good crack of making the roster. He put up six points in 21 regular season games for the Ducks last year, and two points in seven playoff appearances.

To be clear, it's not a guarantee of him playing with the Ducks. He's going to their AHL affiliate first.

Michael Russo@Russostrib

David Steckel heading to Norfolk to play for Anaheim Ducks' affiliate. AHL deal to start, I believe #mnwild

Hope is for Steckel to ultimately get NHL deal with Anaheim; he played with Bruce Boudreau in Washington & Hershey #ducks #mnwild

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Technically, we don't for the role he'd play. Richardson and Welsh are doing just fine for us in the bottom six and having the options of Henrik, Kesler and Santorelli in the top 6 is more than enough.

If the Sedins and Kesler stop producing we don't have enough offense and will start to lose games.

This team needs another offensive center IMO.

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I always thought Steckel was a top end fourth liner who wasn't quite good enough for the third line. His last full season with Toronto in 11-12 he played close to 13 minutes per game, 8 goals, 3rd on the team in hits, lead all forwards in short handed minutes and was just under 60% in the circle. He has good size and isn't horrible offensively.

Players like this are generally quite sought after - surprised he isn't in a fulltime gig.

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I always thought Steckel was a top end fourth liner who wasn't quite good enough for the third line. His last full season with Toronto in 11-12 he played close to 13 minutes per game, 8 goals, 3rd on the team in hits, lead all forwards in short handed minutes and was just under 60% in the circle. He has good size and isn't horrible offensively.

Players like this are generally quite sought after - surprised he isn't in a fulltime gig.

Agree entirely with you.

I much prefer that type of player over the fourth line crash and banger who doesn't have that quality shutdown and faceoff skillset.

I'm surprised that Steckel hasn't stuck somewhere either - I haven't seen him recently so perhaps he has lost a step, but his underlying numbers remained strong.

I would have liked to see him (or Smithson / that type of depth center signed) but am less concerned after having seen Welsh perform for a few games - he seems to have decent all around potential and has a good mix of size, skating ability and grit. Welsh may not be the greatest bang for the buck at a million, but between him, Richardson and Santorelli the Canucks are looking alright. Still, at the same time, there's nothing wrong with doubling up a pair of centers on any given line, so I wouldn't be against signing a shutdown guy anyhow, and having a center play wing on the 3rd and/or 4th lines.

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If the Sedins and Kesler stop producing we don't have enough offense and will start to lose games.

This team needs another offensive center IMO.

That'd be more of a preference for me as well to shore up our offence somehow. It doesn't have to be a center or a top level player if we can find contributions elsewhere, but I don't want to just be getting by only to have players hit dry spells and it all collapse when we really need it. Maybe we get it from within with Kassian (or even Jensen) figuring it all out, or we see our junior prospects finish their seasons and come back to make a mark. A trade could work but I'd be cautious about moving assets for rentals again.

Lots for Gillis to think about.

Agree entirely with you.

I much prefer that type of player over the fourth line crash and banger who doesn't have that quality shutdown and faceoff skillset.

I'm surprised that Steckel hasn't stuck somewhere either - I haven't seen him recently so perhaps he has lost a step, but his underlying numbers remained strong.

I would have liked to see him (or Smithson / that type of depth center signed) but am less concerned after having seen Welsh perform for a few games - he seems to have decent all around potential and has a good mix of size, skating ability and grit. Welsh may not be the greatest bang for the buck at a million, but between him, Richardson and Santorelli the Canucks are looking alright. Still, at the same time, there's nothing wrong with doubling up a pair of centers on any given line, so I wouldn't be against signing a shutdown guy anyhow, and having a center play wing on the 3rd and/or 4th lines.

I'm not necessarily surprised he hasn't stuck somewhere before this, but I agree with the idea you're getting at in your post otherwise. Welsh has been a pleasant surprise even if he's not amazing since Santorelli (and to a lesser extent Richardson) has been.

As I said before, it's a long season and dry spells could dramatically change our perspective on the holes in our line up.

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If the Sedins and Kesler stop producing we don't have enough offense and will start to lose games.

This team needs another offensive center IMO.

I agree with a lot of what you post, but a guy like Steckel wouldn't help us if Henrik or Ryan went down to injury or suddenly fell off their current pace for any other reason. We'd be pretty screwed no matter how you slice it.

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Agree entirely with you.

I much prefer that type of player over the fourth line crash and banger who doesn't have that quality shutdown and faceoff skillset.

I'm surprised that Steckel hasn't stuck somewhere either - I haven't seen him recently so perhaps he has lost a step, but his underlying numbers remained strong.

I would have liked to see him (or Smithson / that type of depth center signed) but am less concerned after having seen Welsh perform for a few games - he seems to have decent all around potential and has a good mix of size, skating ability and grit. Welsh may not be the greatest bang for the buck at a million, but between him, Richardson and Santorelli the Canucks are looking alright. Still, at the same time, there's nothing wrong with doubling up a pair of centers on any given line, so I wouldn't be against signing a shutdown guy anyhow, and having a center play wing on the 3rd and/or 4th lines.

I agree with you 100%. It doesn't hurt having a guy like Steckel in the system, but Welsh is handling his increased minutes well and has some potential. While he isn't worth 1 million we have to pay him anyway so I hope he sticks.

I think Welsh could end up being a really good fourth line centre this year. Santorelli and Richardson are both good players who are at the right place at the right time.

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I agree with a lot of what you post, but a guy like Steckel wouldn't help us if Henrik or Ryan went down to injury or suddenly fell off their current pace for any other reason. We'd be pretty screwed no matter how you slice it.

I didn't mean Steckel, I just meant a depth signing like Steckel.

A remaining UFA that can bring a little offense. Someone like Prospal who would probably be willing to sign for cheap now.

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I agree with you 100%. It doesn't hurt having a guy like Steckel in the system, but Welsh is handling his increased minutes well and has some potential. While he isn't worth 1 million we have to pay him anyway so I hope he sticks.

I think Welsh could end up being a really good fourth line centre this year. Santorelli and Richardson are both good players who are at the right place at the right time.

Just on this note, I hadn't heard anything about it until someone (Thad? Bookie?) posted it in the Dalpe/Welsh trade thread but Carolina retained part of his contract in the deal. Their page at CapGeek shows $340K retained and ours shows the remaining $510K of his full $850K cap hit. That means the salary we're paying him is reduced by a similar percentage, I think about $600K.

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Just on this note, I hadn't heard anything about it until someone (Thad? Bookie?) posted it in the Dalpe/Welsh trade thread but Carolina retained part of his contract in the deal. Their page at CapGeek shows $340K retained and ours shows the remaining $510K of his full $850K cap hit. That means the salary we're paying him is reduced by a similar percentage, I think about $600K.

You are right - he is on the books for $510K. At that price he is worth it.

When the trade happened I was actually more excited for Welsh than Dalpe.

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Just on this note, I hadn't heard anything about it until someone (Thad? Bookie?) posted it in the Dalpe/Welsh trade thread but Carolina retained part of his contract in the deal. Their page at CapGeek shows $340K retained and ours shows the remaining $510K of his full $850K cap hit. That means the salary we're paying him is reduced by a similar percentage, I think about $600K.

yep, I don't care what we're paying him in real world figures, by cap hit we're 15k below min. salary.

I'm pretty convinced seeing that that he was the real aim in the deal, since the original assumption was they gave us Dalpe as a cap dump sweetener.

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yep, I don't care what we're paying him in real world figures, by cap hit we're 15k below min. salary.

I'm pretty convinced seeing that that he was the real aim in the deal, since the original assumption was they gave us Dalpe as a cap dump sweetener.

I think you mixed it up. Welsh is the cap dump for Carolina, because Carolina deemed him unable to crack their NHL line up this year and have sent them to their AHL affiliate (Charlotte Checkers I believe). However, Welsh is on a 1 way contract so Carolina still have to pay him 1mil this season even if he plays in the AHL. Since Carolina is on a tight budget, they decide to trade him away so that they are rid of his 1 mil AHL salary.

At least that is my understanding of the situation. But hey, as long as he plays well for us, is all good.

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There's a reason many teams aren't signing these veterans - because they have plenty of replacements down on their farm teams. The Canucks do not, and we're sustaining a LOT of injuries up front because of Tortorella's shot-blocking demands.

MG needs to recognize this and bolster his forward group with some signings or another trade. We're only an eighth of the way through the season and already a quarter of our forwards have gone down to injuries at some point.

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You are right - he is on the books for $510K. At that price he is worth it.

When the trade happened I was actually more excited for Welsh than Dalpe.

I didn't know much if anything about Welsh so I wasn't sure what to expect there. I did know a bit about Dalpe so it did seem he'd be the primary piece - especially when you factor in their contracts and what we knew at the time.

yep, I don't care what we're paying him in real world figures, by cap hit we're 15k below min. salary.

I'm pretty convinced seeing that that he was the real aim in the deal, since the original assumption was they gave us Dalpe as a cap dump sweetener.

I know Gillis said they'd been interested in Welsh as well as having tracked Dalpe over the the last couple years. Welsh wasn't a random throw in for sure, but he was thought to be a cap dump, and still is to some extent although not as much as we first thought.

Faceoff ace and a big body for the 4th line? As if the Ducks need to get any more bigger.

At least he didn't sign with the Sharks.

Well, he's not playing for them yet. He's starting in the AHL and they can decide from there if they want to bring him up. He certainly a better player than someone like John Scott, but he is comparable that he's a big body that's particularly slow so younger, faster players will be able to use his lack of speed against him in the NHL.

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I always thought Steckel was a top end fourth liner who wasn't quite good enough for the third line. His last full season with Toronto in 11-12 he played close to 13 minutes per game, 8 goals, 3rd on the team in hits, lead all forwards in short handed minutes and was just under 60% in the circle. He has good size and isn't horrible offensively.

Players like this are generally quite sought after - surprised he isn't in a fulltime gig.

All in all, I thought he would have been signed at the start of free agency. I wonder if he carries a stigma from the Crosby hit? probably not but thought I'd throw that in.

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