Stecher’s two-year contract is worth $2.325-million per year.
“Troy Stecher is an important part of our team,” general manager Jim Benning said in the team’s press release. “He’s a talented two-way defenceman who competes every shift. Troy has a willingness to always improve his game and is an example of a young player committed to being a professional.”
Canucks fans first got a glimpse of Stecher’s strong work ethic during the 2016-17 season, when he registered three goals and 21 assists for 24 points in 71 games and was voted the team’s best rearguard. He followed up his rookie campaign with one goal and 10 assists in 68 games in 2017-18, and while he saw a diminished role compared to his strong rookie effort, he proved to be a valuable shot-blocker for the rebuilding club and will clearly factor into the Canucks’ rebuild going forward.
The hometown kid — he’s from Richmond, B.C. — signed with the Canucks as an undrafted college free agent out of the University of North Dakota back in April 2016.
Stecher, 24, was the Canucks’ lone RFA to file for arbitration.