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Nikita Tryamkin and Philip Larsen sign in the KHL

This morning news came out that Canucks defenceman Nikita Tryamkin has signed with Avtomobilist in the KHL:

In 66 games this past season, Tryamkin posted 2 goals, 7 assists and 64 PIM.

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Also – Philip Larsen signed a two year deal Salavat Yulaev.

In the case of Traymkin, this is a hit to the Canucks depth on the backend as it was expected that Tryamkin was going to be in the top 6 for the foreseeable future. Tryamkin did well in underlying data, relative to how poor the Canucks were, having above average WAR (wins above replacement) and XPM, which was only dragged down by his penalty differential.

From a ‘make-up’ of the defence going forward, it also takes a 6’7″ defenceman who gave the grouping some size and grit.

Based on the reports, one of the main reasons that Tryamkin is leaving to the KHL is because he wasn’t satisfied with his ice-time with the Canucks. Furthermore, the right side appeared to be full with Chris Tanev, Troy Stecher and Erik Gudbranson occupying the that side. Obviously things could’ve changed over the course of the summer, but at first glance, it appeared he would have trouble cracking the opening day lineup on that side.

His full interview can be found here. (In Russian)

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As long as the Canucks provide Tryamkin with a qualifying offer prior to the June 27th deadline, they will retain his NHL rights until he were to become an UFA. That means that Canucks will retain the Yekaterinburg native’s rights until July 1, 2022.

Without a doubt, this signing throws a wrench in the Canucks plans for next season and likely opens the door for top prospect Olli Juolevi to crack the NHL roster next season. But it doesn’t close the door entirely on Tryamkin never coming back.

Larsen signing in the KHL isn’t a surprise, as he it was clear that he wasn’t in the long term picture for the Canucks. The Canucks surrendered a 2017 5th round pick to Edmonton for Larsen. He appeared in 26 games this season, where he had 1 goal and 5 assists.

  • wojohowitz

    Read between the lines of the interview. Management started screwing with him almost right away when they wanted to send him down to the AHL. Then they did not dress him for the first month. Then they showed him the Pronger video on how to play. Tryamkin would have left sooner but he knew he had to uphold his contract terms even though the Canucks played him fast and loose. You know what we are looking at with the Aquilini`s Canucks; A souless corporate entity that treats people like they are all blueberry pickers in Langley, as long as the bottom line improves each and every quarter then all is well.

  • Marpole Dealer

    All the people losing their minds need to take a pill. It’s not like they lost Shea Weber, or Victor Hedman. Russians are the flakiest hockey players in the history of the NHL. There are some great ones, but there are a LOT of Russian head cases. Every single team in the NHL knows that. The Canucks lost a 3rd round defenseman prospect, not a hall of famer. Good riddance Nikita, you’re just another Russian flake. Hope you’re not homesick anymore.