The Vancouver Canucks signed young defenceman Troy Stecher to a two-year deal on Friday morning. The contract will pay the Richmond native $2.325 million a season for two years.
We don’t want to say we called it, but uh, we totally did.
And it’s a fair contract for Stecher, who was easily one of the team’s best defencemen last season. Working alongside Alex Edler on Vancouver’s top pairing for the latter half of the year, Stecher showed consistency, bringing the same game night in and night out. You don’t need two hands to count the amount of Canucks who can say that—especially on the blueline.
In fact, the Canucks did well to sign Stecher for less than what they excitedly and unfortunately handed Ben Hutton ($2.8 million a year for two years). It’s no secret that Stecher’s camp was using that Hutton deal as a comparable, given that their client was the better performer by a country mile this past season.
The contract also ends when Stecher still has a year left of restricted free agent status and will be 26. The Canucks will likely know exactly what he is at that point and can make the decision on whether or not to sign him long-term.
It’s a nice piece of work for the team. As for the player, he clearly likes playing on his hometown team and knows he needs to prove himself a little more to be a top-four defenceman for a full 82-game season in the NHL.
He’s betting on himself, and that’s usually a good scenario for both the team and the player.
Vancouver now has one restricted free agent left on the docket: soon-to-be 22-year-old Jake Virtanen.
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