Blackhawks Sign Trevor van Riemsdyk

On Monday the Blackhawks announced they have agreed to termson a two-year contract  with NCAA free agent defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk. The contract will begin at the start of the 2014-15 season.

van Riemsdyk missed significant time after fracturing his left ankle in January, but still managed 23 points (four goals, 19 assists) in 26 games. He finished the season ranked fifth on the University of New Hampshire team in points and sixth in assists in spite of the injury cutting his season short.

He was named an NCAA First-Team All-American and Hockey East First-Team All-Star following the 2012-13 season, and posted 75 points in 102 career games with UNH.

van Riemsdyk, 22, is the younger brother of Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk — who was selected with the second overall pick in the 2007 Draft immediately following Patrick Kane. Trevor is listed at 6-2 and 195 pounds.

11 thoughts on “Blackhawks Sign Trevor van Riemsdyk

  • March 25, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Has anyone seen any other details? I would assume 2-Way…?

    Also, how to these latest signings affect signing the NCAA guys? (johns, hayes, etc.)

    I think i counted 47 current on roster on Cap Geek, 16 of which are RFA/UFA. then Fournier and TvR start vs cap next year.

    Obviously if all 16 are not retained, then the hawks arent right up the 50 number… but i just wanted to ask.

  • March 25, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Tim G – if you read the story above, this has no bearing on the Hawks 50-man roster limit during the 2013-14 season; van Riemsdyk’s deal begins in 2014-15. According to, Dillon Fournier’s deal does not kick-in until 14-15 as well, meaning neither has an impact on this year’s roster limit.

    That being said, adding two puck moving defensemen to the system – one a previous pick, the other a college free agent – makes one wonder wtf made Rundblad worth a 2nd round pick….??

    Also, TvR was considered one of the more signable NCAA d-men last year, but opted to go back. Here’s a good story on TvR from January:

  • March 25, 2014 at 9:41 am


  • March 25, 2014 at 11:26 am

    And just who are you going to give up for Kelser, AJ?

  • March 25, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Stan and Co in my opinion do an excellent job of creating a big funnel of prospects coming into the organ-I-zation. Stan has focused alot of his time towards the college kids. Who knows if this kid will ever pan out.

    Tab thanks for attaching the link. It was funny how the link focused as much on James and the youngest Van Riemsdyk as much as it did Trevor.

    Kudos for the Hawks to have an excellent farm team. Although I wish they used it more,…especially when injuries crop up.

  • March 25, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Tab I get the sense that Rundblad takes the place of Brookbank next season. At 785K a season for this season and next he is a nice bargain “if” he can play a little although 2nd round pick as a steep price. It was an interesting move to say the least.

  • March 25, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    SSHM, I looked at capgeek this morning and thought the same thing. I think Rundblad is the 7th dman next year and Stan has that 785K “penned” (not penciled) into the salary cap next year. He needed some certainty somewhere.

  • March 25, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Clendening banging on the door…Runblad in the mix…both can act at the point guard on defense. Seems to me — and I’ve been saying this for awhile — that Leddy is going to be trade bait this offseason. And adding van Riemsdyk is an interesting depth move to compete for a “7th” spot and/or be depth at Rockford. Stan is definitely working with a plan right now…

  • March 25, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Just a thought but isn’t Seabrook’s contract up in 2 years? Could they be looking for a cheaper option in order to try and get max trade value for him?

  • March 25, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Rundblad is a confusing deal. Clendenning is nowhere near ready. He puts up pointa, but is not good on the defensive end. He regularly gets beat getting back. To me it is clear that the Hawks don’t believe he is ready. He is also slow. There is a reason he didn’t get the call up last year for the last game in St Louis. Not ready. Not close.

  • March 26, 2014 at 1:25 am

    Seabs is not going anywhere, unless & until someone can take his spot, which no one anywhere close right know. Were talking about 3rd pair guys people, not top pair. Maybe 27/8 is traded eventually but unless we get a aging Kesler wonder woman… The guy is a cock sucking diver.

    The Cannucks can suck it, hard. Like they know how too. If Philadelphia traded for him and worked a deal with us, then maybe.

    Don’t take any shit from them cunnucks. To them your just another wet back crossing the border to play their game.

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