Although he filed for salary arbitration earlier today, defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk has inked a two-year, $4.6MM contract with the Hurricanes, the team announced. The contract pays $2.1MM in 2018-19 and $2.5MM in 2019-20. GM Don Waddell had the following statement on the signing:
“Trevor was a steady presence on our blue line last season. He’s shown progression each year of his NHL career, and is a well-liked player in our locker room.”
The 26-year-old is coming off of his first season in Carolina, one that saw him record a career-high 13 assists (along with three goals), a team-high +9 rating, and averaged 17:03 of playing time per night. He also ranked second on the team in blocked shots with 113.
While it was looking like van Riemsdyk had a chance to move into the top four with the trade of Noah Hanifin back at the draft, the odds of that happening went down considerably with the addition of Calvin de Haan earlier this week. Instead, it’s likely that he will play behind de Haan and Jaccob Slavin and be asked to anchor their third pairing once again.
TSN’s Frank Seravalli (via Twitter) was first to report the contract.