Vegas Golden Knights Select Trevor van Riemsdyk

On Wednesday night it became official. The Vegas Golden Knights took defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk from the Chicago Blackhawks.

In 158 career regular season games, van Riemsdyk scored eight goals with 23 assists for the Blackhawks. He signed as a college free agent on March 25, 2014.

No additional trade with Chicago was announced on Wednesday.

32 thoughts on “Vegas Golden Knights Select Trevor van Riemsdyk

  1. Moderately surprised Kruger wasnt included. But the Hossa news may have negated that.

    Best of luck to TVR. Solid solid player who has overcome a lot to get to where he is.

  2. If Kruger is on the Hawks next season, Bowman should be relieved of his duties. With Hossa’s cap hit coming off the books as well, two forwards can be added (someone who can take faceoffs) — and I would take Versteeg back over Kruger on my deathbed, he has a legitimate skillset; Stalberg would he an upgrade as well, he killed penalties all year in Carolina & Ottawa. They both havent lost a step skating wise.

    If Q is truly turning over a somewhat new leaf, he would welcome either player back. They will both come cheap as well.

  3. I like Smiley he did a good job and was a good attitude. Loved the way he battled through injury his rookie yr and helped contributed to team in finals win over Tampa Bay.

  4. Expansion draft help the top 5 teams and teams with the top cores in hockey. Also the teams with a lot of young/1 and 2 yr players. The teams that had the most mid tier player got punished for having the type of roster by having a good mid tier player stolen from them. Also screwed the teams that have a lot of fw or a lot of d roster setup wise.

    This expansion draft did good for us. As much as I wanted to keep 57.

  5. It will be interesting to see if anything else happens with the hawks roster over the next 3 days.
    Losing Hossa,TVR already Kruger maybe through a trade. Looking forward to the draft.

  6. Don ‘t know if they can do much till they hear from league. Theoretically with the cap and Hossa’s hit plus one call up allowed when on ltir they could be allowed to go as high 81.2m or 5.275m + .925 = 6.2 over the cap. But wait and see

  7. @Ernie—go see what the beat writers say. It still could happen.

    @Iceman—Versteeg??? Stalberg? The same one who is offside when he has the puck??? Seriously????

  8. Bill daly said the league is evaluating the Hossa LTIR situation. That sounds kind of ominous. They didnt evaluate Savard or Pronger…

    Dave, the beat writers…at least the reliable ones havent said much on the kruger front. It sounds like a lot of speculation…which is what we do here.

    The one thing they said was he could be dealt to vegas for a dman…but Vegas is already dealing TVR.

    From the Hawks perspective, they already lost a top penalty killer. Do they want to lose another? Bad contract and all. On the other hand…the league may not be too kind to the Hawks on the Hossa LTIR front as the recapture was put in place almost specifically because of the Hossa contract.

  9. “If Kruger is on the Hawks next season, Bowman should be relieved of his duties.” (Iceman) — maybe a little extreme, but I tend to agree…if Stan B. has the chance to move his salary = full speed ahead. “and I would take Versteeg back over Kruger on my deathbed” (Iceman) — GET REAL!! I wouldn’t take Versteeg back short of moving Seabrook’s entire salary. (What’s next…Sharp?!?! Or, Oduya for one more shot…)

    “It will be interesting to see if anything else happens with the hawks roster over the next 3 days.” (Mrfenn92) – ABSOLUTELY! If the moves so far are Stan B.’s solution/change, he should be “relieved of his duties.” Let’s not forget/gloss-over the embarrassing piss-fuckin’-poor first round exit!! Serious problems demand serious solutions.

    I like TvR — (in my opinion) he wasn’t as bad as some hear like to suggest…despite a limited skill set, he is an effective player certainly a #5…probably a #4 at some point or on some teams. Continued success to him where ever he ends up.

    GO HAWKS!! (Please take that as, “Stan B., you still have a LOT of problems to address.”).

  10. Wow. What a week for Hawks (knock on wood for tomorrow). As much as I love(d) watching Hoss school forwards (steals on the backcheck) and d-men (over, under, around, or through them) alike, an LTIR exit (with 0 or negligible cap hit and no cap recapture penalty etc etc) is the best possible solution to an all around shitty situation. As a 3 time cup champ with HOF first ballot numbers, Hoss has nothing to prove and likely very little to play for. He has a young family and appears to have a desire to return to Europe so even if he didn’t have an extremely debilitating allergy/illness etc (and I’m not speculating one way or another as he is an unquestioned warrior either way), why would he (or his family want him to play another year for a salary of $1 million on a severely cap strapped team (prior to this week’s apparent events) and in a likely reduced role (3rd line likely with a couple of youngsters to teach the game to and clean up for as his linemates). Would many of us in that position do differently knowing the organization needs to transition from the older core to a new core and being the class act that Hoss was not going to pull a Doan (my opinion) or similar to leave the organization hamstrung.

    ICEMAN – wow. Just wow. Versteeg or Stalberg over Kruger? Someone’s had too much to drink. Assuming Kruger’s wrist is finally healed, it is not even close as to value to the Hawks.

    I echo Dickie Dunn with the “guy who puts himself offside with the puck” etc. You could actually make that argument for Stalberg too as he was always moving too fast to keep track of where the puck was (and where the goal was – there were about 10 point blank grade A 10 bell chances he had in the loss to Phoenix (and the goon Torres after he took out Hoss) that Toews put on a platter for him that he managed to screw up every which way and the other. I liked his moxie, his speed was virtually unmatched in the league but damn was it frustrating to have him playing a top 6 role and constantly finding ways to not finish plays!).

    IF we don’t get hit with any penalties for the Hoss LTIR then losing TVR (and his salary) is exactly what we needed. Keep Kruger because frankly when he is healthy, there are not many guys in the league that can do what he does and do it as effectively. He turns the ice for us. Go look up that stat for the past few years those of you who think he has such a bad contract. He helped us win Cups. He’s the guy who gets put out there in all the most important defensive situations, sometimes even ahead of Toews. He generally wins 50-55% of his faceoffs when he is healthy and often that is against the best players on the opposing teams and in the most crucial spots (defensive zone penalty kill, last minute during a 1 goal lead etc). He hustles his ass off, he chips pucks off the boards, gets puck in deep, works well and hard on the cycles. Yes he can’t score virtually at all though his shot attempts and offensive awareness are actually inproving (my opinion even if not backed up by actual production in his stats yet).

    We had John Madden and Dave Bolland in his role in the past. 3rd line center, a top penalty killer, reliable, smart, and good at faceoffs. Anisimov doesnt do what he does. Bolland and even Madden offered more offensive upside but I’d make the case Kruger is now better/more responsible defensively than either of them were and we won championships with both of them in the role.

    So with hopefully a new (or already) found appeciation for what Kruger brings to the table (and I used to think he was the biggest waste of space on the ice back when Q and the hawks staff were teaching him how to play), why the hell would we want to trade him?

    Keep Kruger. Keep Panarin. God please keep Hjalmarsson. Hell, even keep Seabrook for one more year if we get Hossa’s cap wiped. Pick up a couple solid D-Men, and take our chances with an improving Hartman, Schmaltz, Motte, Fortin, D-Cat, etc. For the record, even one more solid D-man plus full time use of Kempny is probably good enough. No more memory lane with campbell, oduya, ladd, versteeg etc. Unless you want to bring back some of the young guys like Danault (could actually replace Kruger), Dano, Teravainen, etc.

    Then see about picking up one more top 6 forward at deadline if needed and ideally if someone else conveniently times their injury to get some rest for playoffs and more cap space for team ala Kane a few yrs back.

    Go Hawks!

  11. Sidenote: Enjoyed watching Kesler miss out on yet another award. How does he even keep getting nominated for selkes amyways? Do all the voters live 5 years in the past or they have lost every facet of their memories except the one playoff year he singlehandedly decimated Nashville!?

  12. One more awards sidenote. Kudos to league and nhlpa for moving and lengthy tribute and donation to Bickell. Classy move for a stand up tough guy who worked really hard to get to the heights he got to and then got decimated by illnesses, concussions/vertigo, ms, etc.

    Wishing Hoss and Bicks great lives after hockey. Thanks for the memories!!

  13. Good luck to van Riemsdyk in Vegas. Glad he is gone however. He is a limited skill overachiever that the Hawks became too reliant on to play minutes. His defensive and skating limitations reared their ugly head against quality competition and in the playoffs. He’s ok as a #6 defenseman. Was asked to do too much in Chicago.

    I suppose Bowman now figures he can keep Kruger and let him work near exclusively as the PK captain and on 4th line duty. Kruger has to be better in 2017-18. While expecting any offense from him is silly, he can and must step up the rest of his game.

    Cup contention is over for the Hawks for the next few years. Now is the time for Bowman to show what he can do in the draft in hopes of positioning this club to once again be Cup competitive in several years while Kane, Crawford and Keith may still have something left in the tank.

  14. Sorry if this is off topic a bit, but it does relate to the LTIR situation (potentially) for Hossa. There’s been talk of league evaluation for this ….. this is not new to the NHL. Google “Tom Reid” or “The Gunk”. Multiple players in years past have had to retire due to severe skin reactions to equipment. The treatments were, and maybe still are, steroidal medications like cortisone, prednisone, etc. If you read Tom Reid’s description of what he had it’s just gross, and very painful to even think about. I think this is a real condition, and I don’t think that the Blackhawks would risk their standing in the NHL (i.e. with the other owners who appear to be a tight knit group) by faking this one, and with a Hall of Famer to boot. Reid (a former Blackhawk) has said that he thinks up to 40 players quit the NHL because of this when he was playing. And in his case, he played 11 years but it came on as an absolutely brutal condition in years 9 – 11.
    Best of luck to TvR and to Kruger. I think SB will find a way to move Kruger in some way. There is still a fair amount of time left. I don’t think it’s a foregone conclusion that he’s on the opening day roster.

  15. In the interests of fairness and objectivity, I actually agree w/ Mr. Rufus (for the most part) re: TVR. I still maintain TVR has the hands and overall skillset to play forward. He has a nice offensive touch.

    Dave, my point in referencing Versteeg & Stalberg is Kruger has to go. He can’t be on an offensively challenged (especially come playoff time) bottom six grouping at $3.1M cap hit the next two years. Bowman can find someone at b/w $650,000 and $1M at the most to do what Kruger does (or is supposed to do, as we all have seen, his penalty killing has regressed since Frolik left, and the same holds true as to his faceoffs).

  16. Bob MacKenzie saying should be a quiet day on trade front, busier tomorrow with everybody together. Really amazing how respected TVR is outside of the nay saying Blackhawk fans.

  17. Anybody who has watched the Hawks get eliminated in the last two playoff series can appreciate how inept TVR was. Good riddance.

    Also, don’t get the love for Kruger. Hawks PK was terrible, he was terrible in the face-off dot and he couldn’t score. He got paid for his 2015 playoff performance and the relentless hyping of Eddie O.

    His contract is bad, dump it and move on to someone who has potential. That’s what the Penguins have done the last 2 years. If the Hawks are actually trying to improve their possession time and face-off percentage, getting rid of these 2 guys is a good start.

  18. TVR is just a guy, but a young guy with a nice contract and experience. So to recap, The Hawks lost TVR, Hossa is “hurt” and Kruger is still on the roster and as of right now the Hawks are still the only team over the cap, good stuff!

  19. Ian when you take the group we have on here…Everybody here hates everybody and every roster decision made since 2009. Beginning to question some peoples fandom. Being critical of a few decisions is one thing. But some guys are questioning why roster moves that are probably going to happen, havent happened yet. Take a deep breath. It’s June 22. The draft hasnt happened. Free agency hasnt happened.

    But once these moves do happen these same guys will be critical that they gave up player x for nothing. It’s like wanting Oduya back and then bitching when he sucked. Ditto for Campbell.

  20. Ernie-you are right a lot of venting over just about everything from Morin to TVR and this is with 3 recent Cups. Just imagine if we actually had a dry spell with no real success? (Think Caps, Sharks or Blues etc.)
    Hawk Fan since 67/68′ so love this decade.
    Would love to see the core come back with a vengeance and the young guys play up to their potential, and one or two surprises surface—this would add icing to the cake. Go Hawks!

  21. Did I read this correctly, the Knights receievied a 2Nd round pick (62 overall) from carolina for TVR and a seventh rounder.

    Stan did we miss an oppertunity?

  22. Hey Ernie the Hawks got swept 4-0 in the playoffs. If you weren’t watching they weren’t competitive. Fans have a good reason to be critical after that debacle. And yes some recent trades have not worked out and the coaching has been suspect. How do we know that? Because they got absolutely smoked by Nashville and it wasn’t close. That’s how. Q dressed 7 defenseman in Game 4 when the whole world knew Campbell couldn’t keep up with Nashville by Game 2, let alone Game 4. Jurco is protected on the roster from the expansion draft yet they didn’t even give him a chance in a single playoff game? Huh? Tootoo etc etc. Being a fan doesn’t mean you have to be rah rah and support every decision the club makes. Stop questioning other peoples fandom. Your out of line with that one.

  23. Almost sounds like us going to rule Hossa wasn’t injured prior to season ending and can’t be put on ltir until 2nd say of season.

  24. Yes the Hawks sucked against Nashville. No disputing that. But to only look at those 4 games and disregard the previous 82 is a little shortsighted.

    It was a bad matchup. But the Hawks didnt adjust. But no amount of coaching would have woke that team up. They were catatonic. And theyre better than that. That series is on the players. Not the lack of talent those players had. Thats where the biggest frustration lies.

    Very similar things were said after the Arizona series. Didnt Foley go on a rant after losing that series? And what happened in 12/13?

    All im saying is give management some time to make the moves. The freeze has been over for a day. Maybe it didnt behoove them to trade a guy to 1 team with zero assets .

  25. I think Bowman is going to see what options there are with trade since the Hoss thing. So it might be a little bit before we do what we’re going to do. The draft could be when but it might be after that.

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