Los Angeles acquires Troy Stretcher from Detroit for a 2022 seventh-round pick.
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Detroit Red Wings trade Troy Stecher to Los Angeles Kings
The Wings completed a trade Sunday afternoon with the Kings. Detroit made the move to recoup something for Stecher, as he enters free agency this summer. Los Angeles could extend the defenceman, or simply use him as a rental this year for their playoff push.
Kings Trade for Troy Stecher
In Stecher, the Kings get a depth defenceman with 346 games of NHL experience. This season, he scored one goal and one assist for two points in 16 games, adding nine minutes in penalties. His possession numbers are 43.1 percent Corsi and a relative Corsi of -2.2%. Those totals are down compared to last season, where he scored three goals, eight assists for 11 points.
Over his six-year NHL career Stecher played for the Wings and Vancouver Canucks. In that time, he has 15 goals and 73 assists for 88 points in 346 career games. The 5’10, 186-pound defender was originally undrafted.
What This Means for the Future
In short, it’s hard to tell where this Troy Stecher trade takes either club. For Detroit, the meagre return doesn’t offer them much hope for adding a future NHL’er. They may use the pick or package it in some other deal between now and the draft.
For Los Angeles, Stecher should join the team and be inserted into the lineup. However, his advanced metrics aren’t pretty. Sure he’s been in Detroit, which hasn’t given him much upside around him. But the Kings aren’t necessary a powerhouse either. What he brings to the table might not move the needle much. He’s now the third highest-paid defenceman on the team, but that’s only because their youngsters remain on entry level contracts. Stecher needs to perform well to earn an extension. He might need to perform well enough just to receive any NHL offers even in free agency this summer.
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