The LA Kings have finally made themselves present in the ruckus of the trade deadline and acquired right-handed defenseman Troy Stecher from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a 2022 7th round pick.
With all the injuries that have struck the Kings recently, it only made sense to find a replacement player for the defensive core while the rest of the players recover from their injuries.
The 27-year-old defenseman has been known to play a considerate defensive game. While offensively he may have his issues, he’s been a very solid defensive player over the span of the last three years.
Stecher suffered an injury earlier this year which caused him to miss a good chunk of the 2021-22 season, but ever since his return, he’s played a considerable defensive game.
Reigning from Richmond, Canada, Stecher has 88 points in 346 career games. Throughout his six-year career, he’s played with the Vancouver Canucks and the Detroit Red Wings. His career-high in points came in his rookie season, where he put up 24 points in 71 games.
Stecher holds an AAV of $1.7 million and is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2021-22 NHL season.
A fan favorite in both Detroit and Vancouver, Stecher will look to bring a speedy and smart form of hockey to LA. The Kings make their first move of the trade deadline by acquiring a possible rental for a cheap price for a seventh-round pick.
Troy may not be a monumental game-changer, but for the price of a seventh-round pick, this trade seems perfect for the injury-stricken LA Kings.
Welcome to Los Angeles, Troy!