Oct 28, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (57) with the puck during the third period against the Anaheim Ducks at the United Center. Anaheim won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Trevor van Riemsdyk Update
The Chicago Blackhawks just released an official statement detailing the nature of the injury that rookie defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk sustained in Sunday night’s game against the Dallas Stars:
"Trevor van Riemsdyk suffered a left patella fracture after taking a shot to the left knee in Sunday’s game against Dallas. He will undergo surgical repair of the fracture tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 20. We anticipate a full recovery in three to four months and look forward to his return."
Let’s first take a moment to step back and send all the prayers, positive energy, and well wishes to TVR. Having any kind of major injury that requires surgery can really affect someone on a personal level, beyond their life as a professional athlete, so it’s important to have that kind of empathy and compassion for him as a person first.
Now, once we have acknowledged that, we can and should talk about what that means for the team.
TVR is clearly the player that everyone has been talking about all season. To be signed as a free agent out of college and have such a great start to his rookie season, it’s really a shame to think that he won’t come back until the regular season is winding down.
It has been a huge credit to his abilities that Coach Quenneville, notorious for favoring his vets over talented rookies, had briefly bumped him up to the top pairing with Duncan Keith when Duncan Seabrook found himself in the doghouse. Not only did TVR prove he could hang with the Norris Trophy winner, but that he was versatile enough to play well – consistently – with just about any other defenseman on the team.
He kept it simple, knew he had a lot to prove to show he belonged in the NHL, and did so in a relatively short time. For that, he was awarded increasing amounts of ice time.
Now that ice time will go to David Rundblad, Michael Rozsival, or any of the IceHogs that may find themselves shuttling back and forth between Rockford and Chicago. At least during the upcoming Circus Trip that finds the Blackhawks on the road for the rest of the month, Adam Clendening will be taking up TVR’s roster spot.
Although Clendening has been doing a great job for the Hogs, it will be his first real stint with the Hawks. Let’s all hope he is up to the task of filling in some pretty big shoes – er, skates, that is. We will see how things play out tomorrow night in Calgary.