The Chicago Blackhawks announced that Trevor van Riemsdyk had wrist surgery and his recovery time from the injury is 8 weeks. This is just another set back for TVR after being injured earlier in the season and was making a rehab stint in Rockford. TVR injured his wrist last weekend and wasn’t expected to play this weekend and now the announcement basically seals his fate for the rest of the 2014-2015 season.
The Chicago Blackhawks fan base was first surprised by the steady play by TVR at the beginning of the season and was nice addition for the Hawks defense after the last minute trade of Nick Leddy before the season started. The Hawks defense was a real strength at the beginning of the season and it was largely due to the solid play on the bottom paring anchored by TVR.
TVR played in the first 18 games of the season before injuring his leg severe enough that surgery was required and a long rehab that took most of the season. TVR had been skating for a while and just started playing for the Rockford Ice Hogs as he tried to get back to Chicago before the Stanley Cup Playoffs started later this month.
TVR was the hope of the Chicabo Blackhawks fan base not because he was a super stud, but because it would mean that Michal Rozsival wouldn’t be on the ice. Rozsival has struggled for most of the season and it’s still shocking that he dresses as much as he does when there are plenty other options out there, but in the back of many Chicago Blackhawks fans minds was the fact that it TVR would return in time so that Rozsival would be in the pressbox watching TVR playing instead.
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I personally have said on Twitter many times that I didn’t expect to see TVR again this year. The leg injury is such a hard one to return from this quickly at the highest level. The other thing is I felt that Blackawks fans over valued the play of TVR. I think he was ok and steady, but he could be man handled at times and struggled against elite offensive players.
At the time it looked like Klas Dahlebeck, Adam Clendening or Stephen Johns all could have been called up before TVR but he caught the coaches eyes, and the next time we see him will most likely be training camp again when he will be back trying to prove he’s worthy of a roster spot.
Get Well Soon TVR!
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