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Troy Stecher Sees And Improving Detroit Team

from Brett McWethy of DetroitRedWings.com,

A myriad of factors were appealing and led Troy Stecher to signing a two-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings. Perhaps above all, he sees something special being built, and wants to be a part of the young core that brings winning hockey back to Detroit.

Stecher is a 26-year-old defenseman that has four years of solid experience in the NHL, including playing in all 69 games and making his postseason debut for the Vancouver Canucks last season.

There's no doubt the Red Wings are strengthening their blue line by adding a skater of Stecher's caliber. But they're also gaining a player whose age and experience aligns nicely with many of the young pieces already making their mark in Hockeytown. As he told Daniella Bruce and Art Regner on The Word on Woodward on Nov. 5, Stecher is hoping to assimilate quickly to a group that is growing up together on the ice.

"It was a mutual interest between both groups (during free agency). Obviously with the organization, and myself as a player," Stecher said on The Word on Woodward's Downtown Hockeytown segment, presented by Labatt Blue Light. "I like the age group of their core, with (Dylan) Larkin and (Anthony) Mantha and (Tyler) Bertuzzi. They're all kind of the same age as I am. Not overly old. I'm not young, but I have four years of experience in the league now. So, hopefully I can mesh well with the group."

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