The Carolina Hurricanes acquired defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk and a seventh-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft in a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights for a second-round pick (No. 62) in the 2017 NHL Draft.
It was the first trade made by the Golden Knights after the conclusion of the NHL Expansion Draft on Wednesday, when Vegas selected van Riemsdyk from the Chicago Blackhawks.
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"Right away there was speculation that I might end up in Carolina, and I couldn't be happier," van Riemsdyk said Thursday. "It's a great team that's headed in a great direction. I'm excited to be part of it."
Van Riemsdyk, 25, has 31 points (eight goals, 23 assists) in 158 NHL games over three seasons with the Blackhawks. He has one year remaining on a two-year, $1.65 million contract (average annual value $825,000), according to CapFriendly.com.
The pick the Golden Knights received originally belonged to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Van Riemsdyk will be reunited with centers Teuvo Teravainen and Joakim Nordstrom and goaltender Scott Darling; each was a former Blackhawks teammate.
"It's definitely a different dynamic than being in Chicago," van Riemsdyk said. "Carolina is a younger group, but they're really talented. ... Obviously, Scott is a great goalie. If he sees it, he's going to save it. He makes some pretty spectacular saves and has bailed me out quite a few times. I know I like having him in the net."