Trevor van Riemsdyk Returns To Practice

On Friday morning, rookie defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk skated with the Blackhawks for the first time since suffering a left patella fracture against the Dallas Stars on Nov. 16.

van Riemsdyk had one assist and was averaging 13:32 in 18 games before his injury. He is not expected back until March, but returning to practice is a big step in his rehab.

8 thoughts on “Trevor van Riemsdyk Returns To Practice

  1. Yes, returning to practice is a big step but it’s probably quite some time until he’s medically cleared. Whenever he gets back I assume a Rockford conditioning assignment will take place. I don’t think they’ll rush him back, he is potentially a long term piece so they don’t want to take any risks. I’m thinking he’s one of their depth defensemen for the playoffs.

    Calgary has been heavily scouting Rockford lately. Glencross might fit the bill as a relatively physical guy & his contract is up this summer. A left winger though, so maybe not high on the needs list but a very responsible two way guy.

    They had a new “Ask Hockey Opps” segment on the main website with Al McIsaac as the guest, he said the Blackhawk mgmt. likes to do deals early and not let it get down to deadline day if possible. He talked a lot about scouting too, good interview.

  2. I wouldn’t invest much faith in TvR making a real contribution the rest of the season and into the playoffs. He suffered a very major injury, and lets face it the sum total of his professional hockey experience has been 18 games. The Hawks still need to address the blueline dilemma. I was hoping Johns would be part of the rotation this season, but the concussion and other injuries have essentially torpedoed his development this season.

  3. We have 1.250m in cap space. Waive Erixon to Rockford adds .600

    That’s 1.850m (3.7m %50 retained) for a Dman or/and FW.

    We already have 2 %retained and you can only have 3 total.

  4. Morrison, If you are still there, what do you mean about % retained? I don’t want to seem like an idiot, (probably too late for that), but I am not well schooled about the cap.

  5. I probably could have been more specific when I said that.

    % retained is just the other team in a trade pays 1-50% of the players salary and most important cap hit. Steegers caphit is 4.4, but we only have a 2.2 caphit because FLR eats a 2.2 caphit for Steeger each yr as well.

    Every team is only allowed 3 %retained contracts at once. We already have 2 (23/5) so we could only use one more, not two more if we add a Dman and a FW. Unless 5 is part of a trade.

    We add Glencross at %50 retained, his caphit will be 1.250 (that’s approx. what we have in cap space right now). Then we could have Hartman and Erixon go to Rockford roster and that would leave us with 1.5m (not prorated) for a Dman.

  6. Ernie and ER and good at this stuff as well. Without capgeek its not easy and were not as sure on calculations.

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