Trevor van Riemsdyk will be out for the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and could miss the start of next season for the Carolina Hurricanes after having surgery on his left shoulder.
The defenseman was injured when he was hit into the boards behind Carolina's net by New York Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck during the first period of a 2-1 victory in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round on April 28. The Hurricanes said the expected recovery time is 4-6 months.
The Hurricanes completed a four-game sweep of the Islanders with a 5-2 victory on Friday and will face the winner of the series between the Boston Bruins and Columbus Blue Jackets in the Eastern Conference Final.
Van Riemsdyk skated in each of Carolina's first nine playoff games this season; he was scoreless and averaged 13:50 of ice time. He had 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) in 78 regular-season games this season and has 61 points (14 goals, 47 assists) in 315 NHL games with the Hurricanes and Chicago Blackhawks, who signed him as a free agent in 2014. Van Riemsdyk was taken by the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft and acquired by Carolina in a trade on June 22, 2017.