Vancouver Canucks defender Troy Stecher has his arbitration hearing date:
— NHLPA (@NHLPA) July 12, 2018
Scheduled for July 29th, the Canucks and Stecher’s representation will meet in front of a third party arbitrator to work out what the young defenceman’s next contract will look like. Obviously, the two sides could come to a deal prior to then but at the very least we have an idea of when the deadline is set.
The 24-year-old defenceman is coming off an 11 point season in 2017-18 which followed an impressive 24 point rookie season in 2016-17. He did not have a fantastic season this past year but filing for arbitration was well within his rights and he exercised that option to leverage it in negotiations. Since Stecher elected to file for an arbitration hearing, the organization has the right to choose between a one year or two-year deal, as outlined in Article 12.9c in the NHL/NHLPA CBA
Given his hot start to his NHL career and then drop off in year two, it can be hard to pinpoint exactly what Stecher is worth on this next contract. His potential suggests that he has some value to a defensive group that is starving for offence.
The arbitration process can be difficult as the player’s representation and the organization pick apart his game to find the right number and it’s why so many deals are completed prior to getting to the hearing. We will have to see if the Canucks and Stecher can work out a deal prior to July 29th.