Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Blackhawks Lock Up Trevor Van Riemsdyk Through 2017-18

The Chicago Blackhawks today extended the contract of young defenseman, Trevor Van Riemsdyk.  Van Riemsdyk is due $925k for the upcoming 2015-16 season.  Stan Bowman pulled some magic from his hat and somehow convinced Van Riemsdyk to not only re-sign with the Blackhawks, but to do so by taking a paycut/hometown discount.  

Van Riemsdyk's new contract is a 2 year extension that is worth $1.65million (a cap hit of $825k).  Van Riemsdyk joined the Blackhawks last year as an undrafted free agent on a two-year entry level deal.  He played the first 18 games in 2014-15 with the Blackhawks before suffering a knee injury against Dallas.  After successfully recovering from his injury, he injured his wrist while with the Blackhawks AHL affiliate, Rockford IceHogs and was thought to be lost for the rest of the year.  

With an unfortunate season-ending injury to Michal Rozsival, and poor play from fill-ins David Rundblad and Kyle Cumiskey, Van Riemsdyk was given an opportunity to play on the biggest stage imaginable, the NHL Stanley Cup Finals.  Coach, Joel Quenneville, found himself with a reduced defensive squad during the Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning and needed to find someone to eat minutes.  Van Riemsdyk averaged a little over 7 minutes a game and did a good job defensively.

Stan Bowman's signing of Van Riemsdyk strengthens a thin third defensive pairing, and locks in a young, talented, stay-at-home defenseman for the next 3 years.  The future keeps getting younger and talented for the Chicago Blackhawks.



  1. Excellent signing, This young man has what it takes to be a really good defensive player.

    1. With the core that he can learn from, I can see him being a really good one. Let's hope that Bickell and Sharp get shuffled out so that Oduya can re-join the team too.