The Vegas Golden Knights traded defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk to the Carolina Hurricanes, the teams announced Thursday. TSN’s Frank Seravalli first reported the deal, which sees Vegas acquire the No. 62 overall pick in the 2017 NHL entry draft in exchange for TVR.
The move comes less than 24 hours after the Golden Knights selected van Riemsdsyk from the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL expansion draft. He didn’t last long with the Golden Knights, who moved quickly to agree to a deal with the Hurricanes to ship out the 25-year-old.
Vegas nabbed 12 defensemen in the expansion draft, so it’s no surprise that they’re trying to move some of these guys now. Most teams only have seven or eight blue liners on their rosters during the season, so at least a couple more will need to be moved given that Shea Theodore is the only one who doesn’t require waivers.
From the Blackhawks’ perspective, it’s interesting to see what van Riemsdyk’s trade value came out to be. There had been a lot of trade rumors involving him over the years, and with this deal, Vegas nabbed a second-round pick (well, the lowest possible one, but still) from Carolina.
Van Riemsdyk set a career-high with 16 points in 58 games last season. He has one year at a $825,000 cap hit remaining on his deal before he becomes a restricted free agent in 2018.