Players Who May Not Finish 2019-20 with the Carolina Hurricanes

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 16: Justin Faulk #27 of the Carolina Hurricanes slides into the net during the third period against the Boston Bruins in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the PNC Arena on May 16, 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Bruins defeated the Hurricanes 4-0 to move on to the Stanley Cup Finals. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 16: Justin Faulk #27 of the Carolina Hurricanes slides into the net during the third period against the Boston Bruins in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the PNC Arena on May 16, 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Bruins defeated the Hurricanes 4-0 to move on to the Stanley Cup Finals. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 26: Cal Clutterbuck #15 of the New York Islanders battles against Trevor van Riemsdyk #57 of the Carolina Hurricanes during Game One of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center on April 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 26: Cal Clutterbuck #15 of the New York Islanders battles against Trevor van Riemsdyk #57 of the Carolina Hurricanes during Game One of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center on April 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Trevor van Riemsdyk

I’m a fan of Trevor van Riemsdyk.  While he doesn’t bring much in the way of offense from the back end, he does bring effort and solid, positional defense.  While his second season with the Hurricanes saw a bit of a step back defensively (his plus-minus dipped by 13 and his ratio of giveaways to takeaways dropped by 33), van Riemsdyk still has a lot to offer in the right situation.

There are two things that make van Riemsdyk expendable for the Carolina Hurricanes: defensive depth and his contract status.  We’ll get more into defensive depth later on, so for now, we’ll focus on his contract.  2019-20 marks the final season under his current pact and, with young players vying for an NHL job, van Riemsdyk could be the odd man out.

As with all of the players listed, everything rides on a combination of how the individual performs and how the team performs.  A caveat with van Riemsdyk is that he is currently recovering from shoulder surgery.  How well that recovery goes will have a large impact on the course that his season takes.