Troy Stecher leaves Canucks for Red Wings in free agency

Oct 10 2020, 10:20 am

Troy Stecher has signed a two-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings. The Richmond native leaves Vancouver as a free agent, following four seasons with the Canucks.

The contract is widely being reported a two-year deal worth $1.7 million per season. That’s a pay cut for Stecher, who earned $2.325 million last season.

While all indications were that Stecher wanted to remain with his hometown team, the 26-year-old should get an opportunity to prove himself with the Red Wings, who were the worst team in the NHL last season.

Stecher scored 17 points in 69 games last season, seeing significant time in a top-four role as Alex Edler’s defence partner. The Canucks, who are in serious trouble due to their salary cap situation, made Stecher available as an unrestricted free agent after they didn’t extend a qualifying offer to him on Wednesday.

The Canucks have now lost three players to free agency, as both Chris Tanev and Jacob Markstrom signed with the Calgary Flames on Friday.

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