Carolina Hurricanes quest to reach the Stanley Cup Finals has just become tougher as the team lost their defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk for the rest of the playoffs. van Riemsdyk underwent a shoulder surgery over the weekend and is expected to miss four to six months while recovering.
The 27-year-old injured his shoulder in Game 2 of Eastern Conference Semi-Finals series against New York Islanders.
The news was confirmed by Hurricanes’ general manager Don Waddell, who also revealed that the team brought in defenseman Jake Bean from their AHL affiliate Charlotte Checkers in order to replace van Riemsdyk.
Hurricanes, who haven’t been to the playoffs since 2009, will play either Boston Bruins or Columbus Blue Jackets in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Trevor van Riemsdyk started his NHL career with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2015 and spent three years with the organization, winning Stanley Cup in 2015. After being made available by Blackhawks in 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, van Riemsdyk was selected by Las Vegas Golden Knights and then traded to Hurricanes.
Since entering NHL, van Riemsdyk played a total of 315 games and managed to score 14 goals while also adding 47 assists.