Despite not seeing a significant amount of ice time this season after signing a one-year deal in October, the Washington Capitals still liked what they’ve seen from defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk and have extended him for two more years at a $950K AAV, according to TSN’s Frank Seravalli.
The terms of the deal (according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman) are:
Van Riemsdyk was brought in and signed in October as a depth piece for $800K. The team had bigger plans for him until they were able to pry 43-year-old Zdeno Chara away from Boston, knocking van Riemsdyk down the depth chart. The 29-year-old has only appeared in nine games for the Capitals this year with one goal, but has the ability to be a solid third-pairing defenseman in the NHL. In fact, he received some top-four minutes years ago with the Chicago Blackhawks and was selected by Vegas in the expansion draft in 2017, but was shortly after flipped to the Hurricanes.
The blueliner got plenty of action in his three previous years with the Carolina Huricanes where he played 206 games. However, the Capitals may need him in the future as the team continues to work the salary cap to bring in top-end talent and always needs players on good deals to fill out their roster.