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The Daily: Former Red Wing Troy Stecher is LA Kings Playoff Hero



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Former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Troy Stecher has four points in two games for the LA Kings in their NHL playoff series (Photo by Sammi Silber)

Defenseman Troy Stecher, 28, was only a Detroit Red Wings player for 17 months. But fans liked him. They appreciated his spunk and offensive flair. Still, he wasn’t a long-term fit in Detroit.

The Red Wings moved him to the  Los Angeles Kings for a seventh-round pick in March. Now, LA fans are enjoying the energy he  brings to a lineup. He is enjoying his resurgence as a Kings postseason hero.

Since being inserted into the Kings’ lineup two games ago, the Kings are 2-0. Stecher boasts two goals and two assists. His plus-minus is +5. Stecher drew the only assist on Adrian Kempe’s overtime goal in Game 5.

Injury Hurt Him

This was a difficult season for Stecher. He played major role in helping Canada win the gold medal at the World Championship last year. As a result, he hoped to grab an expanded role on the Red Wings. But he was a healthy scratch early and then was injured. He only played 16 games for Detroit this season before being flipped to the Kings.

Before he left Detroit, he told the media he was disappointed with how the season unfolded.

“At the beginning of the year you kind of set goals for yourself in the summer. What you want to work on when you come to into the season,”  Stecher said. “Being hurt right away wasn’t ideal but it’s part of the business. I’ve been fortunate enough to be fairly healthy throughout my career, so facing some adversity is never a bad thing.”

With the Kings ahead in the series, Stecher is probably no longer disappointed with how the season worked out. He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

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