Twitter Reminds Us That Former-Cap David Steckel Was a NJ Devil

Posted May 26, 2012

Blast from the Past: Dave Steckel, February 16, 2011 at Anaheim (Photo Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE)

We all get a little touchy when we’re smacked in the face with a “might have been.”  Sometimes, it’s the simple things – Could have had that salad.  Could have hit the gym.  Could have taken that job instead of this one.  As the old tagline went, Could have had a V8.  We make decisions, we regret, we move on.  Occasionally we end up with purple hair (or a completely unrelated buzz-cut).  I’m reasonably certain that Kris Letang never intended the larger world to know that he bleached his hair in Juniors for a playoff run.

After all, hindsight is 20-20, right?  It’s bad when you kind of screw yourself over, and it’s worse when you see someone else in the spot that could have been yours.  When that spot happens to be “just won our way into the Stanley Cup Finals,” it’s a bit more painful than the mundane “ugh” moments most of us face on a daily basis.  Former-Capital David Steckel had one of those moments tonight, and happened to have his twitter at hand.  We advise that the following tweets be taken with a grain of salt, since tone can be very difficult to interpret on twitter:

Clarification: There’s no proof that this is the real David Steckel’s account.  Given twitter’s tendencies, it’s probably a parody.  However, the sentiment is probably solid regardless (comments about direct agent input aside).




For those whom Dave Steckel seems to be a foggy piece of the past, he was traded to the New Jersey Devils last year on deadline day along with a 2011 second-round draft pick in exchange for Jason Arnott.  There was a fantastic Globe & Mail piece on the trade and its ramifications, but it has since become subscriber-only.

Over the summer, he signed a 3-year, $3.3M contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.  We at Caps Outsider wish him all the best.