Report: Blackhawks Shopping van Riemsdyk

In his weekly “30 Thoughts” column,¬†Elliotte Friedman noted the following (#12):

“Chicago will try to get a forward. Trevor van Riemsdyk, who has played just one of three games, is available, but the Blackhawks may need to sweeten the pot.”

It comes as little/no surprise that TvR could be available. With the addition of free agent Michal Kempny, return of veteran Michal Rozsival and emergence of rookie Gustav Forsling, van Riemsdyk has found himself buried. After appearing in all 82 regular season games last year, he has only appeared in the regular season opener thus far in the 2016-17 season – and that was only because Niklas Hjalmarsson was suspended.

TvR is in the first year of a two-year contract with an $825k cap hit. The 25-year-old will be a restricted free agent after the 2017-18 season.

What would the Hawks want for TvR?

Given the Blackhawks’ current cap situation (read: no room), getting his cap hit off the books would be a win. But with Freidman indicating Stan Bowman is looking to add a veteran forward, there is one position that stands out as a significant need.

On Friday morning, Scott Powers noted at The Athletic that Blackhawks not named Toews or Kruger have won only 31.7 percent of their faceoffs this season, making center a position of need. Artem Anisimov’s performance to date has been a major issue at the dot, but he would appear to be cemented between Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin on what continues to be one of the best offensive lines in hockey.

 

12 thoughts on “Report: Blackhawks Shopping van Riemsdyk

  1. If this happens not convinced it wi?l one their favourite trading partners carolina might be interested in a young defenceman and unload veteran jay mcclement who made his career as strong faceoff and pk 4th line checking center could be somebody to watch. A 1.1m cap hit at 32 or 33 yrs. old is affordable and could allow krueger to move to 3rd center and improve in those areas but still not convinced tvr will be dealt.

  2. The season is young and Hawks need TVR for backup in case somebody get hurt..
    He can play 16-18 minutes minimum/ game.
    Why rush after 4 games in the season ?
    Give a break to some players who need time to adjust .and to try other pairs ,
    We have many young kids so just let them play and have fun …

  3. Why is so difficult to find a center? This seems like it’s the holy grail!! I agree with “HAWKS” They talk about patience and developing talent, or is there a problem with identifying real talent. Either way between the front office and the coaching staff they need to get on the same page. Last year we had to give up Johns and in the off season Teravainen what’s next?

  4. Campbell won’t be scratched. TvR will be in the lineup.

    With Hossa nicked up the Hawks could dress 7 D tonight.

    It’s difficult to find any position really. Why? All the valuable guys are locked up/ getting paid. Everybody bitched when Kruger got paid. There is a reason for that. It’s not easy to replace him. Good teams have 2 things. Good centers and good D. Wall will argue good centers and good D give you good goaltending as well. When your in a league where if you could do one thing at a higher percentage than a coin flip is considered good you know you’re going to have a tough time at that task.

  5. Speaking of Jackets and van Riemsdyk. Ok former jackets. But it’s been talked about at length about getting JVR to play in Chicago. What if TvR would go to Toronto for Kerby Rychel? I know he just got to Toronto. I know Rychel had long been a trade chip in Columbus. Just a thought.

  6. …..don’t panic……if this trade rumor is true the revolving doors will continue to be a reality for Blackhawk fans…..personally I like TVR but this team is going nowhere at the moment with present roster….so changes will most likely continue as the Blackhawks have no patience for youth development ….we are continuing to fill the missing pieces to this enigmatic team via trades…..other NHL teams are certainly benefitting from this constant turnover as former Blackhawk youth talent can be found all over the league…lets blame it on salary cap and roll the dice….hey at least we found Panik……..

  7. …..don’t panic……if this trade rumor is true the revolving doors will continue to be a reality for Blackhawk fans…..personally I like TVR but this team is going nowhere at the moment with present roster….so changes will most likely continue as the Blackhawks have no patience for youth development ….we are continuing to fill the missing pieces to this enigmatic team via trades…..other NHL teams are certainly benefitting from this constant turnover as former Blackhawk youth talent can be found all over the league…lets blame it on salary cap and roll the dice….hey at least we found Panik……..

  8. The writing was on the wall in the preseason when TVR was thrown out there in prospect games. I’m a little confused as to why they wouldn’t be playing him more to at least fake higher value, but I guess if there’s nowhere to put him, there’s nowhere to put him. Good tough kid, recovered from some really tough injuries in his short career, and I still think he really played well in last year’s playoffs after a horrible game one.

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