Troy Stecher traded to Flames in last-minute deadline deal

Mar 3 2023, 8:02 pm

The Calgary Flames have acquired forward Nick Ritchie and blueliner Troy Strecher from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Brett Ritchie and Connor Mackey, according to Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff.

Stecher has seven assists and a -3 rating in 61 games for Arizona this season, and 96 points (15 goals, 81 assists) in 420 career games with the Vancouver Canucks, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, and Coyotes. The 28-year-old, who is making $1.25 million, is a pending unrestricted free agent at season’s end.

“In Troy Stecher, we’re getting a player back who has a lot of experience, has played in the playoffs as recently as last year,” Flames general manager Brad Treliving said. “A right-shot guy. He brings some mobility, which I thought with Oliver not being here we’ve lacked a little bit. We look to welcome him.

“He can play in all situations. I remember Troy, we recruited Troy coming out of college. He was a college free agent out of North Dakota. Highly competitive player. He’s got some leadership qualities. He’s been known as a hard-working, dedicated athlete wherever he’s been. Not the biggest guy in the world but he’s not a small guy, either. Moves the puck. Competitive player, but moves well.”

Nick Ritchie has 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) in 58 games, and is also slated to become a free agent at season’s end.

Brett Ritchie, the elder, has eight points (six goals, two assists) in 34 games, and Mackey, who has played one game since December 18, has three points (two goals, one assist) in 10 games.

The trade came right before the trade deadline passed, and shortly after the Flames swapped AHL forward Adam Zohorna to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for fellow forward Dryden Hunt.

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