The Wild released David Steckel from his pro tryout the team announced Friday.

Steckel a veteran of 419 NHL games wasn't able to land a contract with an NHL team prior to training camp a likely casualty of the salary cap decreasing about $6 million after last season. He spent training camp with the Wild on a tryout.

Steckel is a 6-foot-6 center with a reputation as a good two-way forward and faceoff specialist. But the Wild don't want to block a roster spot for one of their talented young forwards.