The Detroit Red Wings continue their offseason moves as they signed Troy Stecher to a two-year, $3.4 million contract.
The Detroit Red Wings have added defenseman Troy Stecher on a two-year contract worth $3.4 million. The contract carries a $1.7 million annual cap hit and allows Stecher to join the Red Wings blueline alongside another “menial” signing in Jon Merrill, who returns to Michigan.
Stecher is a twenty-five-year-old defenseman who has been a four-year veteran, playing all four years for the Vancouver Canucks. The right-handed shooting defenseman will add to the group of defensemen looking to find a way into the team’s top two defense pairings.
The Canucks decided not to extend a qualifying offer to Stecher, and the Red Wings swooped in and reached an agreement with the defenseman. The product of the University of North Dakota is looking to get a fresh start in a new organization.
In 2019-20, Stecher played in 69 games for the Canucks where he scored five goals, added 12 assists, and totaled 17 total points.
In his last two years in Vancouver, Stecher was also a positive plus-minus rating.
It seems like Stecher’s addition is going to bring more than just another defenseman to add to the mix.
As Stecher moves on from the Canucks, he carried a great attitude and seemingly viewed it as a new opportunity in Detroit and a business decision for Vancouver.
No hard feelings for Stecher, who is seemingly excited to come to Detroit according to a tweet from Canucks play-by-play voice, Brendan Batchelor.
Troy Stecher: I’m just excited to come to Detroit. I know they’re excited to have me. There’s no sour taste with Vancouver. It’s a business, and business decisions had to be made. Unfortunately I was one of them. #Canucks
— Brendan Batchelor (@BatchHockey) October 10, 2020
On top of that, Stecher is likely to be boosted into a top-four role for the Red Wings, where he will also carry some weight on special teams units. Stecher is another signing that looks to be a good move by Steve Yzerman, who continues through this rebuild.
This offseason has shown how the Red Wings front office is being incredibly smart and piecing together quite the roster. While that may seem derivative, the Red Wings will not enter into an era of competition, but the signings show smart decisions by this front office.
The Red Wings are having a productive offseason, and the addition of Troy Stecher is just another example of this.