We’ve discussed the possibility of the Canes acquiring Toronto Maple Leafs standout winger James van Riemsdyk before. But, there are some road blocks to bringing in van Riemsdyk via trade, and now that the Deadline has passed free agency is the next way to acquire him.
If the Leafs do decide to let JVR walk, then there’s going to be a ton of suitors for him. He’s not the most expensive natural scorer in the league, and he’s still got some prime years of offensive production left on the table.
He’ll be 29-years-old at the beginning of the 2018-19 NHL season, with a little bit of room for improvement still left too. If van Riemsdyk lands himself in another good situation, he’ll have the potential to score more than 30 goals in a season.
He is the type of player that consistently produces at least 25 goals per season. That type of reliability, with a player that still has some good years left, is not commonly found in the free agent market at the price of JVR. It’s worth a try for the Canes.