Capitals decide to keep Trevor van Riemsdyk for now

Trevor van Riemsdyk, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
Trevor van Riemsdyk, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports /
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After trading Dmitry Orlov and Erik Gustafsson it appears the Washington Capitals are done trading away defensemen due to the current injury situation that continues to not go away. As of this writing there’s an hour left until the trade deadline. Elliotte Friedman said the team and Trevor van Riemsdyk are unconfirmably working towards an extension after the season.

This is due to the last game which despite beating the Anaheim Ducks saw both Nick Jensen and Martin Fehervary get hurt. Jensen hurt his upper body just one day after signing a four year contract extension. Fehervary suffered a lower body injury.

Tarik El Bashir of The Athletic confirmed these reports as he noted the team likes TvR. He also notes that this week he heard talks on an extension were moving slowly. But with Jensen and Fehervary getting hurt the Caps are running out of bodies on the blue line.

The Caps made a couple of roster moves today prior to practice. They recalled Vincent Iorio and Gabriel Carlsson from the Hershey Bears. Conor Sheary was on the ice for practice as of 13 minutes ago so nothing yet. But that could always change. TvR was also on the ice.

The pairs at practice with Jensen and Fehervary absent were this per El Bashir:

Sandin-TvR

Alexeyev-Irwin

Carlsson-Iorio

Now Trevor van Riemsdyk will be relied on now more than ever to navigate what has been a tough season for the Caps. Despite it being tough, the team isn’t mathematically out of the playoffs just yet. The key is to take one game at a time and win as many as you can going forward.

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TvR has six goals and 12 assists for 18 points and has a cap hit of $950,000. The Caps got him for a bargain and he’ll be looking to get paid whenever the season ends.