Vancouver Canucks Sign Nikita Tryamkin to Entry-Level Contract

The Vancouver Canucks and Nikita Tryamkin came to terms on an entry-level contract Tuesday, agreeing to a two-year pact valued at $1.85-million. Canucks general manager Jim Benning encountered paperwork hurdles to make the contract come to life but it appears as though it’s just a matter of time before the towering Russian defender makes his Canucks debut.

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Canucks fans were right to expect this move. Tryamkin’s KHL franchise, Yekaterinburg Avtomobilist, bid him farewell no less than three days ago, amid speculation of a cross-Atlantic transfer. Realistically, the clock began to tick on this move upon the completion of Avtomobilist’s season, two days prior to their parting message. 

Aside from the logistical hurdles present in attracting a Russian player midway through the season, the Canucks had to shift salary and move players to the LTIR to accommodate such a move. Specifically, they moved Alex Edler (broken leg) to LTIR. 

Tryamkin’s contract comes with a Russian “out-clause” that allows for a return to the KHL, should he not crack the Canucks roster and be assigned to the AHL. Although it’s a two-year contract, the remainder of this season will count as a whole. Tryamkin will enter restricted free agency – barring an extension – next summer.

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  • RandomScrub

    Has this been passed through CA for approval? On a serious note let’s all show this huge man what great fans we have in this country. Cheer for what we hope can start to compete against some of the monster teams like LA and Anaheim.

    Let the rebuild continue.

  • RandomScrub

    For sure we need to significantly upgrade our size and skill just to be able to one day contend with the 3 california teams again.

    He could be a huge upgrade on defense for our team. My concern is he has a decent yr. next yr. and come ufa we do not sign him?
    Well maybe hammy,s days here are numbered afterall. Which makes zero sense in not getting at least a draft choice for him. Or we may look at moving Edler,but again a ntc stands in the way!

    Sbisa is going nowhere with 3plus million reasons in his 3rd season. Tanev was recently extended,Edler still under contract. It will be interesting especially if Pedan gets a decent shot to make the team.

    • JuiceBox

      I don’t always agree with your opinion but hopefully this is a signing we all can get behind. No worries about him being UFA after next season though, he will be RFA.

      Hope they bring up Pedan for a nice trial/interpreter for him.Although one is Russian the other Lithuanian. Not sure if the have the same language. Here Ryan Biech has been taking g Russian maybe he gets hired as interpreter.

  • Smyl and Snepsts

    Lets just hope the brain-trust gets the big guy some solid defensive coaching and makes him feel at home.
    Can’t wait to see NT get nasty with some of the Pac division bullies.

  • RandomScrub

    This should be interesting, I wonder if they even make gloves to fit those hands. McCann should make him his best friend as quick as he cann. He needs a guard dog.

  • Dirty30

    After watching the League’s smallest squad get predictably rag-dolled by the Kings, this is exactly the sort of move the Canucks need.

    Now add two move defencemen and six forwards who are above average NHL size, please.

  • Smyl and Snepsts

    I am going to fantasize about Kessler and Dustin Brown trying to crash our net next year with Tryamkin and Pedan on the ice. Going to be happy times!

  • Dirty30

    Would really like to see the kid come in and do well. Canucks don’t have that mean crease clearer or any type of nuclear deterrent against the likes of Lucic, Perry, Backes and so forth.

    He reminds me of that monster d man that Atlanta had though. The kid Rypien fought a few times.

  • Whackanuck

    Two questions for the community:

    1. If Trymakin does not make the NHL team next year and plays in the KHL, would his entry level contract still expire at the end of the 2016-2017 season?

    2. If he does not make the NHL team, would the Canucks have the option of signing him to an extension with the understanding that he spends the 2016-2017 season in Utica as opposed to Russia?


    • JuiceBox

      1. Yes.

      2. They might try it as a private enticement and Tryamkin might do it on that basis, but the Canucks couldn’t enforce it if Tryamkin chose to spend 2016-17 in Russia no matter what he said at the time of signing his extension.

      The problem is that if it’s in his elc, that sort of understanding is a renegotiation and is caught by the general prohibition against renegotiating (CBA Article 11.10.) I don’t see anything in the CBA that allows that sort of amendment to a clause under Article 11.19 (the article that permits the clause giving the player the option of being loaned back to Europe.) The only sort of renegotiation that I see permitted in the CBA is that mentioned in Articles 11.8(b) and 11.10 which the Canucks did with the Brandon Sutter ntc, making it effective immediately instead of just when extension comes into force.

      btw, a clause under 11.19 (loan to Europe rather than minor league assignment) isn’t restricted to entry level contracts. Tryamkin could ask for it in his next contract as well.

  • Whackanuck

    “Although it’s a two-year contract, the remainder of this season will count as a whole. Tryamkin will enter restricted free agency – barring an extension – next summer.”

    Cue the hysteria from CA writers. Poor “asset management”! Burning a WHOLE YEAR of his contract, for just TWO MONTHS of playing time! He’ll be an UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENT a year before he would have been otherwise! Further evidence that they should FIRE Benning and Linden! Rant! Rave!

    • JuiceBox

      Poor asset management would be avoiding some of the most talented hockey players on the planet simply because they are Russian…

      If the previous management team had not been so stubborn, the Canucks may very well have selected Evgeny Kuznetsov at the 2010 draft.

      But at least we still have the ghost of Keith Ballard keeping us warm at night while this new management team tries to fix the mistakes the old management team created…

    • Dirty30

      So the ‘burn a year’ was basically a bonus for coming over, and coming over early and signing with the Canucks. No big deal, really. At $1.85 mil a season he’s basically getting paid a $100,000 a game for the remainder of the season.

      If he turns out to be a bust, its an expiring contract … if he turns out to be a good asset, then bridge him or sign him and get rid of Sbisa (there’s a rant about asset management for you).

      Otherwise, I’m looking forward to this guy doing to Marchand what the Hulk did to the “puny God” Loki in the Avengers. Smash!

      The only concern is that if this guy turns out to be the real deal then you face the possibility of some other team sending him an offer sheet — in that case it might be a tough choice to keep him or take the basket of picks it would bring back.

      Lets face it, if Benning had waited until next year to bring this guy over, there would be an endless rant about waiting too long to see what he can do. This is the perfect time to give this guy a try.

      • RandomScrub

        “The only concern is that if this guy turns out to be the real deal then you face the possibility of some other team sending him an offer sheet — in that case it might be a tough choice to keep him or take the basket of picks it would bring back.”

        Then the Canucks turn a 3rd round pick into at least a 2nd round pick, or better, depending, and are forced into pretty good asset management.

  • JuiceBox

    Even though size doesn’t always equal success, I like where this is going.

    Tryamkin 6′-8″ – 240lbs, Pedan 6′-5″ – 215lbs, Larsen 6′-1″ – 195lbs, Carl Neil 6′-3″ – 215 lbs

    They can join Edler (6’3″ – 215lbs)

    Hutton (6’2″ – 185) and Tanev (6’2″ – 185) are tall and still have some filling out to do.

    The only small one is Subban.

    They might not be the most skilled group, but they will sure be tough to play against.

  • Whackanuck

    I don’t know anything about the quality of play in the current KHL (used to be an option for NHLers who were no longer good enough to play in the NHL) but I hope this kid works out. It would be nice to also sign Pedan so there would be two tough guys on the team when a team of douches like LA run/cheap shot the kid all game. I figure 3 fights each and 6 Kings will be put down. Maybe this will stop the rumours of us going hard for Lucic.

  • Spiel

    Anyone recall the video of Gaunce pushing Tryamkin’s butt up the grouse grind?

    Often the bigger guys rely on natural strength & endurance because they can get away with it but you need to be in the best shape of your life to compete in the NHL.

    I’m hoping he works & trains hard and becomes the unstoppable force that we desperately need.

  • JuiceBox

    Anyone else thinking what I’m thinking?

    Yeah, I know, right? Donald Trump should use this guy as a hand double so nobody doubts the size of his junk ever again.

  • JuiceBox

    Well seems there is a general consensus that we are pushovers in the physical dept. We need to give Pedan a shot,big/tough and can man a point.

    Add Tryamkin andlethamy go and we have greatly added to a better more physical defense thats hard to play against.
    tanev/edler tryamkin/sbisa pedan/biega not too bad at all.

  • Vanoxy

    Is there any clauses in the 1st year of this 2 year contract where if he does not meet a minimum amount of games, the 1st year does not get burned (i.e similar to what the Entry Level Contract for NHL rookies are like) and gets rolled over to next year?

  • Vanoxy

    Tryamkin and Hutton could be a dynamic pair.
    Both are lefties, but Tryamkin plays the right side, luckily.

    With Tryamkin laying back, Hutton would be free to wheel and move the puck out of the zone. That is the #1 thing this team has lacked for 3-4 years now.