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Is Nikita Tryamkin Returning to the Vancouver Canucks?

Will Nikita Tryamkin sign with the Canucks?

During the 2015-16 and the 2016-17 seasons, Russian defenseman Nikita Tryamkin played 79 games with the Vancouver Canucks. He scored three goals and eight assists during that time, but then returned home to Russia to play with Yekaterinburg Automobilist of the KHL.

However, that might change soon. TSN Sports reported today that Nikita Tryamkin’s agent, Todd Diamond, has been talking with the Canucks about Tryamkin’s moving back to the NHL. Now that Tryamkin’s three-year contract in Russia is over, he may be interested in returning to play with the Canucks. 

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As Diamond tells it, he believes his client’s game is better suited for the NHL than the KHL.

Diamond specifically noted, “His game and his style are more suited for the NHL than the KHL. I believe it will be an easy transition. And having been there before, he kind of knows what to expect. He knows what’s going to be demanded of the coaching and training staff and he’s committed. He never lost hope. He’s got a lot of pride and always wanted to come back. And this is probably the right time because you want this unit (roster) to grow together.” (from “Ben Kuzma: Timing everything as Nikita Tryamkin’s agent seeks Canucks deal,” Ben Kuzma, The Province, 03/30/20)

However Diamond noted that his client and the Canucks organization will probably have to wait to reach a deal until the current season has been concluded and next year’s salary cap is set.

Diamond said, “Things are obviously stuck because of the uncertainty of the near future and what effect it’s going to have on the numbers. We have to see what the cap is going to look like and if we can march this thing forward, or if we can’t.”

Tryamkin was the Canucks third-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and joined the team after the 2015 KHL season ended.  Tryamkin ended his KHL season with two goals and 11 points in 58 games this season and had two assists in five playoff games. His career-high is nine goals and 25 points in 51 games during the 2017-18 season when he returned to the KHL.

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