Defeceman Trevor van Riemsdyk signed an extension with the Washington Capitals early Sunday morning. The deal is two years, $950,000 on average per year. This deal signs van Riemsdyk through the 2022-23 season.
Hearing #caps have signed D Trevor van Riemsdyk to a 2-year extension. $950k AAV.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) March 21, 2021
Trevor van Riemsdyk Signs Extension with Capitals
Van Riemsdyk has slightly fallen off in the last few seasons. His first few seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks saw a consistent 15-to-20 point season. He produced similar numbers in his first two seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes, playing second pairing minutes. However, his last season with Carolina and this season with the Capitals have seen a decrease in play time and productivity. In only nine games played, he has one goal and no assists, and only eight shots. Only playing slightly above 15 minutes per game, van Riemsdyk has been relegated to the third line. Van Riemsdyk is obviously not a consistent start for the Capitals, and he has a lot to prove.
Even in his best seasons, van Riemsdyk’s relative Corsi was hovering slightly above zero, so he is not the most impactful player a team can have. However, at only 29, he still is capable of regaining that spark he had in his first few seasons. On such a strong team, van Riemsdyk will be able to develop and improve at a rapid pace, learning from coaches and players alike.
What This Means for the Future
The Capitals signing Trevor van Riemsdyk to an extension shows they are worried about their depth on defence. With top lines consisting of John Carlson, Zdeno Chara, Dmitry Orlov, and Brenden Dillon, the Capitals have a lot of firepower on their blue line. However, with Orlov being the only player under 30, the Capitals are looking toward their future. Van Riemsdyk still has a lot of promise as a shutdown defender, so keeping him in their system is a win for Washington.